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    was given a poor mark

    Hi!
    Could you, please, explain why I can't say ' It was described using some dull colours'. My teacher insists on '... by using...' . Is it really a mistake?

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    Re: was given a poor mark

    ' It was described using some dull colours'.

    ... by using...'

    I don't understand why the word "colours" was used, but I tried this:

    It was described using some dull words.

    It was described by using some dull words.


    IMHO - either is correct; #2 is better.


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    Re: was given a poor mark

    Others, as I, may be unsure what 'it' is, and how something is 'described' in dull colours unless this is a literary (rather poetic) manner of writing.

    "He was able to capture the bleakness of life at that time by using only dull colours when painting apparently joyous family scenes."

    Using a minimum of brush strokes, he nevertheless caught the sweeping vista of the Kanungra Plateau.

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    Re: was given a poor mark

    I thought it might be interior decorating termonology.

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