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    #1

    after versus by

    Are the prepositions in these sentences interchangeable?
    Her health was improving day by day.
    Day after day it rained.

    I mean
    Her health was improving day after day.
    Day by day it rained.

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    Re: after versus by

    They are not interchangeable.

    'Day by day' suggests to me a gradual process.
    'Day after day' suggests to me a situation (probably less than pleasant) that is repeated daily.

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