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    too busy

    Hello,
    I would like to know if I need a with in these sentences:
    He cannot know this because he is too busy with doing his work.
    Or also:
    I cannot talk to you right now because I'm too busy with writing my essay.

    Thank you!

    Cheers!


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    Re: too busy

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I would like to know if I need a with in these sentences:
    He cannot know this because he is too busy with doing his work.
    Or also:
    I cannot talk to you right now because I'm too busy with writing my essay.

    Thank you!

    Cheers!

    No, you don't need "with".

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    #3

    Re: too busy

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, you don't need "with".
    I'm sure I've heard it used with 'with', but it's either unnecessary or wrong. There is a 'with' in the similar expression 'busy with something'; I imagine 'busy with doing his essay' is a conflation of the two - 'busy doing his essay' and 'busy with his essay'.

    b

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