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    Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    "Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied with several other international terrorist groups." (Ivy magazine)
    Is "closely tied with" correct? How about "closely tied to"? The Oxford Dictionary only shows the usage of "to be tied TO". (See this. 5) And Ngram also shows that "closely tied to" is much more common than "closely tied with". Do you really say "closely tied with" in English? Thanks!
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    Re: Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    Ivy Magazine used it in English. It doesn't look odd to me, though the ngram viewer shows that "with" is thirty times more common.
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    Re: Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    I'm surprised that the Ngram result shows "tied with" to be more common although that doesn't mean they're using it in the same context each time. It looks odd to me in the original. I would have expected to see "tied to" there.
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    Re: Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    I agree with emsr2d2. I find "tied with" unnatural. It should be "tied to".

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    Re: Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    I'd expect to find "tied with" if it was followed by the material that was used to do the tying.

    It was tied with rope.
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    Re: Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    Tied with also appears in the context of sports scores: the Chicago Cubs were tied with the Cleveland baseball club in the World Series.
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    Re: Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    It works as a noun:

    Boko Haram terrorists have close ties with several....

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    Re: Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied *with* several other international...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Ivy Magazine used it in English. It doesn't look odd to me, though the ngram viewer shows that "with" is thirty times more common.
    Acutally, "TO" is thirty times more common than "WITH". Please see the link again.

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