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      • Native Language:
      • Persian
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      • Iran
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    • Join Date: May 2005
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    with or by?

    Dear native speakers,

    In the following sentence isn't it better to use "by" instead of "with"? I saw this sentence in a book and since the sentence seems to be passive so I think that "by" is better than "with" to use!

    "Within days, he is very despondent and so overcome with lethargy that he can't even get out of bed."


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      • Native Language:
      • British English
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      • UK
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    • Join Date: Jan 2009
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    Re: with or by?

    Although 'by' would be possible, 'with' is actually more idiomatic in this case, where 'overcome' is treated as an adjective rather than a past participle in a passive construction.


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