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    with = to refer to articles of clothing

    Hi,

    Note that 'in' is often used instead of 'with' to refer to articles of clothing.

    - Who's the man in that funny hat.

    The source is M. Swan's Practical English Usage (page 626).

    I would like to ask why we cannot use 'with' in that sentence. I feel confused because in the Longman Dictionary (http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/with), as is in his book, it is said that we can use 'with' to mean ''having, possessing, or carrying something.'' For example, the dictionary gives examples:

    - a tall gentleman with a beard
    - a man with a gun

    Thanks.

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    Re: with = to refer to articles of clothing

    Your source does not say that "with" cannot be used in that sentence. However, "in" cannot be used in your two other examples.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: with = to refer to articles of clothing

    I think 'a man with a hat' could be a man carrying a hat in his hand instead of wearing a hat, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: with = to refer to articles of clothing

    Of course it could mean that, Matthew. "A man with a beard" could mean a man carrying a false beard, too.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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