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    over / with

    My parents are having problems with a tenant who doesn't pay his rent.

    My parents are having problems over a tenant who doesn't pay his rent.
    To me they both seem correct. "with" sounds more familiar, but I don't see why "over" can't be used.

    Is one correct over the other? if they are both correct, what is the difference?

    Your answers would be very much appreciated.

    - HKB

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    Re: over / with

    The sentences are both correct, but have different meanings.

    Consider the following two simpler sentences:
    a) My parents are aguing with a tenant. (your parents have no disagreement between themselves; they both are disagreeing with and arguing with the tenant)

    b) My parents are arguing over a tenant. (your parents have a disagreement about something concerning the tenant, and are arguing between themselves)

    So in your sentences:
    "with" means that the problems are between your parents and the tenant.
    "over" means that the problems are between your parents; they disagree about one or more things concerning the tenant.

    Mostly likely you want to use the "with" sentence.
    Last edited by 2006; 03-Jun-2007 at 23:57.


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