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    Post Shake with fear

    Could this be ambiguous:

    "He was shaking with fear."

    because definition 6a & 8a of "with" from my dictionary (-- macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/with ) apply equally well to the sentence. The shaking could be either accompanied by fear (but not caused by fear), or the shaking coulde be caused by fear.

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    Re: Shake with fear

    As a NES, but not an English teacher:

    I would normally read it as meaning that fear was the cause of the shaking.

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