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    • Join Date: Dec 2007
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    #1

    a preposition problem

    Hi!

    A: Will you be able to join us tonight?

    B: ( ) all this work to do, I don't think so.

    a) For
    b) By
    c) From
    d) With

    I'm confused by between a) and d).
    I think both have the meaning of reason like "because of"
    Which is more appropriate?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: a preposition problem

    I think with is the only acceptable choice.

    The definition because of is prefectly correct.

    because of all this work, we cannot go


    But with signifies something else.

    "with (DESCRIPTION)
    preposition
    1 having or possessing:

    With a bit of luck, we should be back in time for dinner."

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    So it can be taken to mean having or possessing in a very general sense.

    With all the money in the world, I'd still enjoy camping.

    With your lazy attitude you are bound to be unhappy.


    Back to your sentence:

    With all this work (all this work that we have to do), there's no way we can go out tonight.


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    Re: a preposition problem

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    I think with is the only acceptable choice.

    The definition because of is prefectly correct.

    because of all this work, we cannot go

    But with signifies something else.

    "with (DESCRIPTION)
    preposition
    1 having or possessing:

    With a bit of luck, we should be back in time for dinner."

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    So it can be taken to mean having or possessing in a very general sense.

    With all the money in the world, I'd still enjoy camping.

    With your lazy attitude you are bound to be unhappy.

    Back to your sentence:

    With all this work (all this work that we have to do), there's no way we can go out tonight.
    Thank you so much~~

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