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(…) and they were getting stronger with/for every day

What's the difference/the correct one to use?

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(…) and they were getting stronger with every day

With is correct here because it indicates the "getting stronger" and the "every day" are occurring simultaneously, or with each other. For is incorrect here because it would indicate that whoever/whatever is getting stronger is doing for the purpose of "every day," which is nonsensical.

However, the preposition could be dropped altogether with no loss of meaning:

(…) and they were getting stronger every day

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+1 for explaining –  0sh Mar 27 '11 at 21:22
    
but you could validly say "for every day at the health farm, I lost 3 ounces" –  FumbleFingers Mar 27 '11 at 22:48
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The correct word here is with. I would not use every with it, however, but would phrase it like this:

They were getting stronger with each passing day.

If use of "every day" is important to you, you could phrase it this way, without any preposition:

They were getting stronger every day.

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with each passing day — exactly what I was thinking! Nice! –  Jimi Oke Mar 27 '11 at 20:49
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