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To me they both seem correct. "with" sounds more familiar, but I don't see why "over" can't be used.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.
Is one correct over the other? if they are both correct, what is the difference?
Your answers would be very much appreciated.
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.