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    by or with electricity

    Dear teachers,

    Please, help me to say correctly:

    The streets are now lighted (by/with) electricity.

    Thank you.

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    Re: by or with electricity

    Quote Originally Posted by natasha View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Please, help me to say correctly:

    The streets are now lighted (by/with) electricity.

    Thank you.
    "By" is the better word, although "with" could also be used.

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: by or with electricity

    I have another sentence with the same problem. Please, help me:

    This excellent photo was taken (by/with) a cheap camera.

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    Re: by or with electricity

    Quote Originally Posted by natasha View Post
    I have another sentence with the same problem. Please, help me:

    This excellent photo was taken (by/with) a cheap camera.
    The usual collocation is 'with a camera' - as long as the camera is manual - though 'by' is possible. But in this case (not manual), by is used:
    'On the way home I was caught by [could also be 'on'] a speed camera'. (In fact "on" would work in you original sentence as well.)

    b

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