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    Smile solve my problems by force

    My parents do not allow me to solve my problems by force but with wisdom.

    Could I replace the words in bold with with force? If yes, which works
    better?

    Second, what does by force mean? Tactlessly and forcefully, or with violent physical action?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: solve my problems by force

    It could be violence or authoritarian pressure, though if the person's parents don't let him use force, then I think it's violence.

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    Smile Re: solve my problems by force

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It could be violence or authoritarian pressure, though if the person's parents don't let him use force, then I think it's violence.
    I adore your explantion, especially the term authoritarian pressure, and many thanks, Tdol, but I'm still suspicious of with force.
    Is it all right to say with force in this case instead of by force? Are they synonymous? Thanks.

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    Default Re: solve my problems by force

    You could, but "by force" is the more usual idiom.

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