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    Default by his working

    Could one say:
    1-He helped us by his working in the barn.
    2-He helped us with his working in the barn.

    instead of:

    He helped us by working in the barn.

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    Hi navi tasan. As a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher, I have no problem with either of your 2 sentence forms.

    Regards
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    Default Re: by his working

    1 is correct
    2 doesn't seem correct to me
    3 is much preferred over 1 & 2.

    However, I'm not a teacher.

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    Hi tedtmc

    How about:

    2-He helped us with his [decision over] working in the barn rather than [working in] the garage.

    (He's a relative who's staying with us for an extended period and fixes cars as a hobby)

    Maybe this might help?
    Regards
    NT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi tedtmc

    How about:

    2-He helped us with his [decision over] working in the barn rather than [working in] the garage.

    (He's a relative who's staying with us for an extended period and fixes cars as a hobby)

    Maybe this might help?
    Regards
    NT
    Hi Neilly,
    I think that you are assuming a bit too much there, that which is not suggested in the original question.

    "He helped us by working in the barn." is by far the best choice.
    Bye the way, is your name Neil?
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 09-Jun-2008 at 19:03. Reason: typo

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    Hi bhaisahab

    I don't assume anything.

    All I show is that the 2nd version can be possible in the appropriate context, as per my initial posting.

    navi tasan's original posting was:

    Could one say:
    2-He helped us with his working in the barn.
    instead of:
    He helped us by working in the barn.

    My answer to the original post was and remains "Yes"

    The question wasn't: "Which is the best choice?"

    Best regards
    NT

    PS Re my name: It's not Neil, but let's say you're nearly there!

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    Are we playing the guessing game?

    It is Nelly, isn't it?
    But what does that stand for?

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    It's a pun based on my surname and the fact that I'm hoping to be able to retire to Thailand sometime in the near future (i.e. I'm nearly there).

    Nelly is a girl's name!
    Neil is a first name.

    Regards
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    Default Re: by his working

    why not

    he helped us working in the barn.

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    Default Re: by his working

    I see.
    Sorry.
    I couldn't tell whether you were a man or a woman so I took a shot with Nelly.
    I hope soon your name will be 'totally there'!
    Good luck.

    Navi.

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