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    #1

    by / in cancelling

    The band disappointed a lot of fans by / in cancelling their concert at the last moment.

    Which one is correct?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: by / in cancelling

    Both of them.

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    #3

    Re: by / in cancelling

    I would use only "by" there.

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    #4

    Re: by / in cancelling

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would use only "by" there.
    Does "by" imply the band cancelled the concert intentionally.

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    #5

    Re: by / in cancelling

    They both do.

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    #6

    Re: by / in cancelling

    I think there is no such implication in the one below, but I am not a teacher.
    'The cancellation of the band's concert at the last moment disappointed a lot of fans.'

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    #7

    Re: by / in cancelling

    "The band's cancellation" suggests otherwise.

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    #8

    Re: by / in cancelling

    I had changed 'The band's cancellation' to 'The cancellation' before you made the above post.

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    #9

    Re: by / in cancelling

    Ah! In your second phrasing, I agree with you.

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    #10

    Re: by / in cancelling

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    Does "by" imply the band cancelled the concert intentionally.
    It is not easy to cancel something accidentally.

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