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    Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    1) I have no sympathy for him.

    2) I have no sympathy with him.

    In the above sentences, is there any difference to the meaning of sympathy?

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    #2

    Re: Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    Sentence two is incorrect.
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    Re: Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Sentence two is incorrect.
    Why? Could you please explain?

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    #4

    Re: Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    I have no sympathy for someone.

    I do not sympathise with someone.

    The above are standard form of sentences which mean the same thing. The prepositions are different for the verb and the noun.
    Last edited by tedmc; 29-Jul-2020 at 03:38.
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    Re: Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I have no sympathy for someone.

    I do not sympathise with someone.

    The above are standard form of sentences which mean the same thing. The prepositions are different for the verb and the noun.
    Yes. You are right. Different prepositions are used for different parts of speech. For example:

    1) He deserves sympathy (noun) for his misfortune.

    2) I sympathise (verb) with you in your misery.

    3) Everyone is sympathetic (adjective) to him.

    Now, in the first sentence, if I use the preposition 'with' instead of 'for', does the meaning of the sentence change?

    'He deserves sympathy with his misfortune'.

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    Re: Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    Now, in the first sentence, if I use the preposition 'with' instead of 'for', does the meaning of the sentence change?

    'He deserves sympathy with his misfortune'.
    That sentence does not work. "With" is the wrong preposition.
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    Re: Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That sentence does not work. "With" is the wrong preposition.
    'Do you have any sympathy with his point of view'?

    Is the above-mentioned sentence correct?

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    Re: Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy with'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    'Do you have any sympathy with his point of view'?

    Is the above-mentioned sentence correct?
    Yes. There are simpler ways to say the same thing, though, that are more common.
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