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    With preposition

    What is the difference between saying "It doesn't have much effect with the government" and "It doesn't have much effect on the government".

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: With preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post
    What is the difference between saying:
    1. "It doesn't have much effect with the government" and
    2. "It doesn't have much effect on the government".
    Without context I take it as:
    1. It doesn't help when dealing with the government.
    2. It doesn't change what the government does.

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    Re: With preposition

    I agree about the Dealing With The Government idea.
    Usually "has an effect on...." is the correct one. "The rain had an effect on the dusty street." not- "the rain had an effect with the dusty street".
    But in your example I think the phrase -have an effect- has an idea behind it that you are having an argument with the government- dealings with government, and maybe you are with the government in a discussion...so the unusual structure "with" does work.
    I think it is probably technically incorrect, but in casual speech you would be understood.

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