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    with oil prices reaching a peak of approximately $130 per barrel

    What does "with" mean? Is the following defenition in Longman correct?

    In Longman Dictionary:
    14) because of a situation that exists
    with something doing something
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    A dramatic increase in both commodity prices was seen from 2007 to 2008,
    with oil prices reaching a peak of approximately $130 per barrel and the food price index rising to 220 points.

    Source: http://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-an...riting-task-1/


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    Re: with oil prices reaching a peak of approximately $130 per barrel

    A dramatic increase in both commodity prices was seen from 2007 to 2008, during which oil prices reached a peak of approximately $130 per barrel, and the food price index rose to 220 points.

    I think 'with' refers to the situation that existed from 2007 to 2008 according to the Longman definition.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: with oil prices reaching a peak of approximately $130 per barrel

    There was an increase over the period. With introduces the peak.

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    Re: with oil prices reaching a peak of approximately $130 per barrel

    NOT A TEACHER



    Hello,

    I have found some information that may interest you.

    One book that is used by many teachers and students says this: "With" can introduce the reasons for a situation (rather like "because there is/was").

    Its examples:

    1. With this work to do, I won't have time to go out.
    2. With three people away ill, we'll have to close the shop.
    3. With friends like you, who needs enemies?


    Source: Michael Swan, Practical English Usage (1995 edition), entry #602.4 on page 630.

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