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    #1

    spent BY doing

    Hi,

    - I spent a lot of time by playing chess at home.
    - I spent a lot of time playing chess at home.

    I tried to write two sentences, but I cannot know what the difference between the two is - doing or by doing.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: spent BY doing

    The first is incorrect.

    I spent a lot of time playing chess at home.
    I spend a lot of time playing tennis.
    I spend a lot of time reading.
    I want to spend more time studying.

    If you want to use "by", you need to give some kind of cause and effect.

    By playing a lot of chess at home, I learnt how to concentrate on one activity for several hours.
    I improved my English by studying hard.
    I lost 20 kilos by running 5km every day for six months.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: spent BY doing

    'I killed a lot of time by playing chess at home.'
    Does it make sense? Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: spent BY doing

    "I saw Matthew Wai is full of enthusiastic in learning English by asking the question here."

    Does it make sense?

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Polyester; 04-Feb-2015 at 13:11.

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    #5

    Re: spent BY doing

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Matthew Wai is full of enthusiastic in learning English by asking the question here.
    I would say 'He has shown great enthusiasm for learning English by asking questions here'.

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 04-Feb-2015 at 13:51.

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    #6

    Re: spent BY doing

    He has shown great enthusiasm for learning English by asking questions here.

    Shouldn't that be 'in learning'?

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    #7

    Re: spent BY doing

    I am not a teacher.

    Not if the enthusiasm is for learning English.

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    #8

    Re: spent BY doing

    'Someone shows interest in/enthusiasm for (doing) something.'

    Not a teacher.

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