I need to find out which preposition is more suitable for the sentence below;

"Could we not just be selective with/in/about our potential themes."


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The following are fine:

  • Could we not just be selective with our potential themes.
  • Could we not just be selective in our potential themes.
  • Could we not just be selective about our potential themes.

Source: Cambridge English Dictionary.

The first feels the most natural to me.

Conversely, "selective on" is not valid English.

  • Thank you for the clarification. So, can we say that the prepositions "with, in, and about" can be used interchangeably after the word selective in all instances? – Özgür Akyıldız Oct 24 '18 at 10:29
  • I can't think of any examples where they're not interchangeable. (There is also "selective between", but oddly that usually means "capable of discerning", and is most common in scientific texts.) – Anthony M Oct 24 '18 at 11:10

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