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    #1

    " in " or " with " ?

    I came across the follwoing sentence.
    1. Can I put '' with '' as a preposition
    instead of the underlined word? Why did this writer put "in"?
    2. And what does '' with their pencils in the air " mean?
    I would appreciate it if anyone coull tell me.
    qot
    A lot of art students sitting in front of their easels stared in surprise,
    with their pencils in the air.
    unqot

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    Re: " in " or " with " ?

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    1-- in commonly collocates this way: I stared at him in shock/surprise/dread/amusement/etc. With also works there.

    2-- They were shocked into immobility, with pencils raised, in mid-action.
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    Re: " in " or " with " ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    .
    1-- in commonly collocates this way: I stared at him in shock/surprise/dread/amusement/etc. With also works there.
    2-- They were shocked into immobility, with pencils raised, in mid-action.
    .
    Mister Micawber
    Thank you for your reply, and your other examples are also
    of great use for me.

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