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Which of these are correct?

In a frail voice, he said goodbye.
With a frail voice, he said goodbye.

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This is more usage than grammar; grammatically, both are correct. I'd say "in a frail voice" would be more common usage.

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They are both correct. The first means that his voice was frail when he said goodbye, while the second means that he used a frail voice to say goodbye, so essentially they mean the same.

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