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    preposition

    Which preposition is correct here?

    I wonder if man can really be happy through science.
    I wonder if man can really be happy by science.

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    Re: preposition

    I prefer the first, but it's not the way I would express the idea.

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    Re: preposition

    How would you express the same idea if you were supposed to use man as the subject of the if-clause, tdol?

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    Re: preposition

    I wonder if man can really be made happy by science.


    That would not be how I would say it either but is the only way I can think of given the constraints. I would say "I wonder if science can really make man happy."

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    Re: preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "I wonder if science can really make man happy."
    Yes. I thought tdol would say that. But right now I'm thinking about the proper preposition, so I asked him (or her?) to use man as the subject.

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