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    • Join Date: Mar 2006
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    along with

    Is there a difference between along with and with?

  1. rewboss's Avatar

    • Join Date: Feb 2006
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    Re: along with

    Yes. "Along with" takes three times longer to say than "with".

    In most cases, you can -- indeed, should -- say "with" instead of "along with". I know I use that phrase more often than I should. I think it's OK to use it to introduce a list as an afterthought, but only just:

    I had a surprise visit the other day from my father-in-law, who came with his new lady friend... along with her two daughters, their dog, five cousins and an aunt.


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