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  1. Member
    Retired English Teacher
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    #1

    play with vs play on

    In the following sentence, which is the better choice, or are both correct? Thank you so much.

    My son spent a lot of time playing (A. with B. on) his mobile phone.

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    English Teacher
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    #2

    Re: play with vs play on

    To me, each has a different connotation. Playing on one's phone could mean doing things like playing video games on it.
    Playing with one's phone has a much less sophisticated connotation. It could mean, e.g., having fun turning it on and off.

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