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    Smile in/with confusion

    When asked the question, all the students looked at the teacher in/with confusion.


    Do both "in" and "with" fit in the above? If yes, are there subtle nuances? Thanks.

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    Default Re: in/with confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    When asked the question, all the students looked at the teacher in/with confusion.


    Do both "in" and "with" fit in the above? If yes, are there subtle nuances? Thanks.
    I wouldn't use either, but "in" would be my preference if I had to choose between the two (as "with confusion" is a rare collocation [in this sense - referring to a state of mind]). "In confusion" collocates*, but often referring to physical movement: if people 'scatter in confusion' they needn't be (individually) confused - their movements have no obvious pattern.

    So I'd say the students 'looked confused/perplexed'.

    * The phrase "in confusion" throws up more than 3 times more Google hits than "with confusion"

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    Default Re: in/with confusion

    Thanks, Bob.
    I totally agree with you.

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