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    work by two/three etc


    I'm a little bit confused about the usage of 'by+numeral" in the following sentence:

    [a teacher to students] Now you're going to work by three... Okay, I see there're four of you over there, so you can work by four.

    Is it possibe to change "in pairs" --> "by two", "in groups of three" --> "by three" etc?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: work by two/three etc


    The usual expression, certainly here in the UK, is "You're going to work in twos (or pairs)", or threes, or fours". I doubt you'd ever hear anyone say "".


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