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    joham is offline Key Member
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    in/with high spirits

    She responded in/with high spirits.

    Do both prepositions work well in this sentence?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: in/with high spirits

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    She responded in/with high spirits.

    Do both prepositions work well in this sentence?

    Thank you in advance.
    Neither of them really work. The phrase is "to be in high spirits" so "to be" is the only verb usually used with it. You wouldn't say that someone "speaks/responds" in high spirits.

    She was in high spirits when she responded.
    She seemed to be in high spirits when she replied.

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    Re: in/with high spirits

    "In high spirits" would be more appropriate as an adverbial phrase that described the manner in which she responded.

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