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    Preposition: at or by?

    Sentence: I am amazed by/at your reluctancy to answer simple queries.

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    Which preposition should come in the sentence, at or by? Also tell me the logic behind it.

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    Re: Preposition: at or by?

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Sentence: I am amazed by/at your reluctancye to answer simple queries.
    Question: Which preposition shall should come in the sentence, at or by?
    Either. If we use 'by', we are perhaps seeing the 'amazed' more as a past participle in a passive construction. With 'at', 'amazed' is more adjectival.

    However, there is no practical difference between the two.

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    Re: Preposition: at or by?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Either. If we use 'by', we are perhaps seeing the 'amazed' more as a past participle in a passive construction. With 'at', 'amazed' is more adjectival.

    However, there is no practical difference between the two.
    Thanks for telling that subtle difference. That is what I was looking for as both were looking correct to me. But I did not completely get that "adjectival" part in your reply. Can you explain it a bit, a bit more?

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    Re: Preposition: at or by?

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Thanks for telling that subtle difference. That is what I was looking for as both were looking correct to me. But I did not completely get that "adjectival" part in your reply. Can you explain it a bit, a bit more?
    Some past participles have been used as adjectives for so long, that they are, in effect, adjectives.

    1. What you say interests me. I am interested by what you say.
    Here we appear to have a present simple passive construction. 'interested' is the past participle of the verb 'interest'..

    2a. I am unhappy about what you are saying.
    Here, 'unhappy' is clearly an adjective.

    2b. I am interested in what you say.
    'interested' appears to be an adjective.

    Personally, I don't think it matters what we call these words. I have mentioned this simply because you asked.

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