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    Unhappy Can anybody help me ?

    Uh, I'm a little confused about "By" and "With".... I don't know when to use them right. Please help me and thank a lot


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    Talking Re: Can anybody help me ?

    Can anybody help me again????? Now, I really need it for my test.

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    #3

    Re: Can anybody help me ?

    Do you mean in passive sentences?

    The houses were covered with snow. (snow is the substance, but didn't do the action)
    The song was covered by many people. (many people actually did the action)
    This is the most obvious area where they can be confused.


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    #4

    Cool Oh

    So, if it's the thing or the one that do the action, we use by... And if not, we use with... Right? But you often say " I go to school by bike" not " I go to school with bike" but Bike doesn't do the action. Can you explain more clearly ?
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    Re: Oh

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugemonkey
    So, if it's the thing or the one that do the action, we use by... And if not, we use with... Right? But you often say " I go to school by bike" not " I go to school with bike" but Bike doesn't do the action. Can you explain more clearly ?
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    "I go to school by bike" is not passive sentence. like "by car","by bus", use by.
    tdol, waiting for your reply.

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    dear hugomonkey

    you should memorize the uses of these. there can be no sign to understand when and where to use each of these two. I say it because i've been studying English since I was 9 and now that i'm about 22, i know that in English, in order to be perfect, you shouldn't search any rule.

    by the way, you can search the ARTICLES 's part in this site . they may help you better.

    Hope it helps

    Matilda

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    #7

    Re: Oh

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaVista
    "I go to school by bike" is not passive sentence. like "by car","by bus", use by.
    tdol, waiting for your reply.
    You're right- these prepositions have many uses- I just gave one where they are tested because they can cause confusion.


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    Cool Thanks a lot

    Now i get it.... It means I should look for any rules but follow others. You know, I agree with you. I have to admit that my mother language has nearly no rules... We can say whatever we want and I love using a creative language. I hope English is the one besides my mother language. Thanks

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