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    'BY' or leave

    What I have noticed is that, "Jameson won the title outscoring Jeffries on a unanimous decision," becomes "Jameson won the title BY outscoring Jeffries on a unanimous decision," when most other people write it.


    Can anyone explain why the 'by' is needed please?


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    Re: 'BY' or leave

    One wins a game, obviously, by scoring more points/goals than the other person or team - that is, by outscoring them.
    "Jameson won the title BY outscoring Jeffries on a unanimous decision."

    In colloquial speech, with omit the 'by' as being obvious, understood as being there, and the sentence would be (note the use of comma)

    "Jameson won the title, outscoring Jeffries on a unanimous decision.




    (You have used 'on' - this must be boxing. Otherwise, we would say, 'in a unanimous decision'.)


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    Re: 'BY' or leave

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    One wins a game, obviously, by scoring more points/goals than the other person or team - that is, by outscoring them.
    "Jameson won the title BY outscoring Jeffries on a unanimous decision."

    In colloquial speech, with omit the 'by' as being obvious, understood as being there, and the sentence would be (note the use of comma)

    "Jameson won the title, outscoring Jeffries on a unanimous decision.




    (You have used 'on' - this must be boxing. Otherwise, we would say, 'in a unanimous decision'.)
    Thanks, David.
    I must have a blind spot to this because, no matter how long and hard I look at it, a line such as: "Jameson won the title outscoring Jeffries on a unanimous decision", reads to me. I wish I could understand why it doesn't.

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