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    #1

    ...found herself pregnant to him

    A current British writer wrote a sentence something like (very loosely): "Ms. X found herself pregnant to Mr. Y."

    Americans would use "by."

    Are both prepositions acceptable in the United Kingdom? (Here in the States, they certainly are not.)


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    #2

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    'To' is not used in BrE.

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    #3

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hopefully, the typo will be brought to the publisher's attention.

    "B---- and H--- had fallen for each other over legendarily long drinking sessions in Hong Kong. ... As his marriage disintegrated, H--- found herself pregnant to B----."

    Source: Paul French (born in London and educated at a Scottish university -- according to Wikipedia ), Through the Looking Glass / China's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao (2009).

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    #4

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    I found only one citation in the British National Corps for 'pregnant to' a person (as against 40 for 'pregnant by' a person) but I would not call this a serious error.

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    #5

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    For me it is not idiomatic. That is serious enough.

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    #6

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    This reminded me of a Paradise Lost quote that I had drummed into me over 40 years ago - but it's stayed with me (to the exclusion of useful things like remembering to buy the milk ) because it's so far from idiomatic. Ceres is described as Yet virgin of Proserpina from Jove: Ceres hadn't yet been made pregnant by Jove, the result of which pregnancy was Proserpina (more commonly known as Persephone, world-renowned eater of pomegranates). There are two prepositions that have never been used before or since in that way.

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    #7

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    That construction sounds entirely acceptable to me. "She fell pregnant to some farm hand or other."

    "Erica Parker is reportedly pregnant to Seal."
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ent...c76aba38067524

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    #8

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    "Pregnant to" is not very common.

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    #9

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Pregnant to" is not very common.

    Ngram
    OK, but as among the citations are "she had claimed that she was pregnant to try to break up a marriage" and "I was pregnant by our first anniversary", I don't think we can take the Ngram as conclusive evidence of anything.




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    #10

    Re: ...found herself pregnant to him

    We can certainly see a trend. For me, it is conclusive.

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