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Is "with" necessary in the following sentence?

"With the way things are shaping up in the Playoffs, the Spurs might be second best in the West again."

I think the sentence is fine without "with."

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Is "with" necessary in the following sentence?

"With the way things are shaping up in the Playoffs, the Spurs might be second best in the West again."

I think the sentence is fine without "with."

Thanks.
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Is "with" necessary in the following sentence?

"With the way things are shaping up in the Playoffs, the Spurs might be second best in the West again."

I think the sentence is fine without "with."

Thanks.

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Good morning, Jasmin.

(1) Your challenging question again sent me to my books and to getting input from three knowledgeable correspondents.

(2) This is what I learned:

(a) You are correct: You do not need an introductory word.

(b) If, however, you wish to introduce your sentence:

(i) Two correspondents say that the correct word is "Because of" -- not "with."

(ii) The other correspondent said that "with" is fine and that he would use it to introduce such a sentence.

(c) One of my books reminded us that the "complete" version of "the way things are shaping up" is: the way THAT ( = in which) things are shaping up.

(d) All three correspondents are in agreement that "(Because of) the way (that) things are shaping up in the Playoffs" is a sentence adverb or disjunct. There is no grammatical connection to your main sentence.

I learned a lot. Have a nice day!
 
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