The mid and northern regions are humid and snowy with less than four months during which average temperature exceed 10℃.

This is from an English textbook for the Japanese high school students who study for the entrance exams for colleges.

I don't understand why they say 'with' in this sentence. Is it possible to say 'for' instead?

  • Is it possible to say 'for' instead? Prepositions are very difficult to define; they act in context and, together with their noun/noun phrase/clause, as modifiers "With"should be understood as "[and they (= "winters") are] accompanied by". If you use "for", "for", in context, means "[and they have] a duration of". You will see that with and for cause the sentence to have slightly different meanings.
    – Greybeard
    Aug 12, 2020 at 9:18

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The usage of 'with' is correct, but it should be 'the average temperature' or 'average temperatures'. Also, using 'for' instead of with would change the meaning

  • Thank you for answering me. I understand that there would be a difference, but I'd like to know what the difference would be like. Could you give me more details if you don't mind. Thank you.
    – yonep
    Aug 14, 2020 at 5:23

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