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    What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    Which option is correct (or more correct than the other) and why?

    I rarely listen to music _____ my iPhone.

    a) on
    b) with

    Please be kind enough to explain in detail.
    Thank you

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    Re: What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    Quote Originally Posted by centaur View Post
    Which option is correct (or more correct than the other) and why?

    I rarely listen to music _____ my iPhone.

    a) on
    b) with

    Please be kind enough to explain in detail.
    Thank you
    Generally we listen to music "on" something, radio, hi-fi, mp3 etc.

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    Re: What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    Please note that I've italicized 'rarely'.
    Is it that the answer would change depending on the frequency of the action performed? I mean-

    I listen to music on my iPhone everyday.

    I rarely listen to music with my iPhone. (action is performed less frequently )
    Last edited by centaur; 08-Sep-2010 at 17:42.

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    Re: What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    Quote Originally Posted by centaur View Post
    Please note that I've italicized 'rarely'.
    Is it that the answer would change depending on the frequency of the action performed? I mean-

    I listen to music on my iPhone everyday.

    I rarely listen to music with my iPhone.
    It doesn't make any difference whether or not you use "rarely".

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    #5

    Re: What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    Thank you very much!

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    #6

    Re: What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    You listen to the music with your ears and not the phone while the phone is singing like a nightingale.

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    Re: What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    Thanks for the reply, but in what cases should I use "with"?

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    #8

    Re: What would make this sentence an embarrassing mistake?

    A learner

    Hard for me to say

    I think you work by (using) your hands.
    The book is (written) by the writer.

    You go on foot.

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