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    #1

    frustrated with/by

    I am frustrated with/by taking different medicines every week.


    Dear teacher,

    Could you please explain to me which one is grammartically and idiomatically correct? Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: frustrated with/by

    My choice is "with".

    Let us both wait for a teacher answer.

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    #3

    Re: frustrated with/by

    A: I am frustrated with taking different medicines every week.
    B: Why exactly are you frustrated?
    A: I am frustrated because my doctor and I can't seem to settle on what medicines I should be taking.
    B: I can understand that.
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    That works for me.

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    #4

    Re: frustrated with/by

    I am frustrated with/by taking different medicines every week.

    I think you may use both. If you use by, we would tend to expect an 'agent', someone who is the instrument of your frustration: I am frustrated by (agent).
    I am frustrated by (the doctor) telling me to take different medicines every week. This has a definite person as agent.
    I am frustrated by (taking different medicines every week). The agent here is not a person, but an action.

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    #5

    Re: frustrated with/by

    Having to take sounds better to me.

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