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      • Native Language:
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    #1

    With vs. By

    Hi Veterans,

    I just wondered what would be the discrepancy between sentences like these, "captivated by", "captivated with", "fascinated with" or "fascinated by". So I browsed the net and stumbled upon a yahoo answer post. It exemplifies fascinated. It claims for things fitted in palm or held or manipulated like a Rubik's cube, a WITH would follow fascinated else a BY would be replaced. May I generalize the concept to captivated or tempted? "If fitted in palm or held WITH otherwise BY" Is the quote alright?

    thanks in advance,

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    #2

    Re: With vs. By

    I don't believe that's an actual rule. "With" and "by"are pretty much interchangeable in this use. I can be fascinated with elephants, even though I can't hold them in my palm.

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