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Questions choosing between the prepositions "by" and "with"

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"Replace with" versus "replace by"

I often see "replace with" and "replace by" used interchangeably, but this doesn't sound right to me: I replaced that component by this one. I would use "with" in such a sentence. "By" only seems ...
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"fine by me" vs "fine with me"

So, fine with me is the standard way to say it. But fine by me is ok, and dictionaries confirm that. The only mention that it should not be used is here: https://english.stackexchange.com/a/37205/...
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Enamored of/with/by

It seems that "enamored" can be used with any of the prepositions "of", "with", and "by". What is the proper usage for each? This is the sentence I'm writing: The team, enamored with this new ...
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"Represented by" vs. "represented with"

What should I write? A certain property is represented with a special color. A certain property is represented by a special color. Or maybe even "indicated with/by"? But the main point of ...
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Is "augmented with" or "augmented by" preferable?

Which is the preferred preposition to use after the word "augmented", as in the sentence "A is augmented with/by B"? Does this depend on context? For concreteness, I am interested in mathematical ...
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'Wracked with" or "wracked by"?

Which is considered (more) correct: wracked by [X] or wracked with [X]? Example sentences: He is wracked with grief. He is wracked by grief. The Cambridge definition of wrack contains examples of ...
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"separated by", "separated with", or does it not matter?

I'm describing how you write something down (specifically, an array initializer in JavaScript, but that's not important), and find myself intrigued by the choice of using "separated by" vs. "separated ...
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Filter by or with?

Should I say: I want to filter users list by names. OR : I want to filter users list with names ??
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“covered by” vs. “covered with”

I found this sentence in some book: Imagine a young child who already knows that creatures that live in water are fish, they have gills, and their skin is covered by scales. Saying “their skin is ...
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Which one to use "by" or "with"?

My question is that in the sentence: The thief opened the door with the duplicate key. Why can't I use by in place of with?
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Which is best: "with", "by", or "using"?

When I tried to write research paper about robotics, I felt confused in choosing these 3 words. For example, I want to write that I use mobile robot in exploring room and creating map of that room as ...
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fascninated "by" or "with" her married life?

This is the original sentence I wrote: She seems fascinated with her married life. But my proofreader thinks that "with" should be changed into "by": She seems fascinated by her married life. ...
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Marked by/marked with

I have gone through several websites and what I have concluded regarding the difference between marked with and marked by is that the former refers to actual markings, while the latter can signify ...
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"With an (instrument)" and "by (instrument)"

"We forced the door with a jimmy" is idiomatic whereas "The door was forced by jimmy" (Note there is no article after 'by' in this sentence) is also idiomatic. However, "We forced the door by jimmy" ...
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Which preposition should be used in this translation? "Analysis… through/with/by neural networks"

I am not a native English speaker, so I have a quick question. I have to translate my thesis' title into English. This is the German sentence: Analyse und Anomalieerkennung elektrischer Verbraucher ...
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Complemented with or complemented by

I read the sentence The food was complemented with an array of musical bands. My question has two parts: Can food be complemented with music? The difference between complemented by and ...
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Infested with vs infested by

Is there a rule regarding "infested with" and "infested by"? Which is more appropriate?
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Fascinated by or with?

Do I use by or with with fascinated? Fascinated by a chance to go there Fascinated with a chance to go there Collins (at TFD) says... A person can be fascinated by or with another person or ...
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Intend by or intend with?

Someone gives a parable whose wisdom is not quite understood, so they are asked: 'What did you intend by this parable?' Or: 'What did you intend with this parable?' Which preposition is more ...
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Difference between 'meant by' and 'meant with'?

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between 'meant by' and 'meant with'? Many questions about meanings with this tag have the wording 'What is meant by...?'. In the text I am currently reading ...
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Difference among Show as, Show with, and Show by

Is there any differences among theses sentences? Which one is better? We show the quantity with n. We show the quantity as n. We show the quantity by n.
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"Clouded" vs "clouded over."

What's the different between the two? Example: My mind clouded with murky thoughts. My mind clouded over with murky thoughts. (By the way, should it use with or by?)
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"Poisoned with" or "Poisoned by"?

What is the difference(s) between "poisoned with" and "poisoned by"? Example sentence: This song is poisoned by unoriginal lyrics. vs. This song is poisoned with unoriginal lyrics/
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touched by pity or touched with pity?

Can someone please explain me the difference between touched by pity and touched with pity along-with reference sentences. This search shows that both forms are used, but I couldn't make out the ...
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"Challenged by" or "Challenged with"? How to decide whether to use "by" or "with"?

Freedom was challenged with/by the clashing wills of powerful states and evil designs of tyrants. Which one to use "by" or "with"?
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Shield with or shield by?

In the sentence like: she shielded herself from disquiet by mocking arrogance. What's correct? By or with? Is there any difference if they both are acceptable?
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Infected by OR with love?

Is it: The crazed ramblings of a man entirely infected by love OR The crazed ramblings of a man entirely infected with love?
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"parameterized by" vs. "parameterized with"

Assuming that you are writing American English, which preposition follows "parameterized" in the following example: by or with? Why? Our model of programs is parameterized by/with the deliberately ...
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Which preposition(by or with) will be used?

"I am struck with flu" or "I am struck by flu" Which is the correct sentence?
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With time or By time?

Students' vocabulary knowledge is a building process that occurs _ time as they tend to make connections with other words. Both 'by' & 'with' seem to make sense in the blank to express the ...
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Using multiple "by"s in a compound sentence

Which one is correct in the following sentences? Due to the peculiar device operation, the avalanche can be triggered not only by photogenerated carriers but also by carriers thermally generated or ...
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'with' or 'by' case studies

I have the following sentence: "Section 4 demonstrates the benefits of the developed methods with three case studies" Is 'with' correct here? Or do I have to use 'by'? I'd appreciate every comment....
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Which preposition should follow "facilitated" (by or with)?

Which preposition is correct to use with facilitated? This product is facilitated with three powerful tools to help you in testing tasks. or This product is facilitated by three powerful tools to ...
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"Touched with your fingers" or "touched by your fingers"? [closed]

"I need to be touched with your fingers ?" I just wanna see that it is corret or not .. Or "I need to be touched by your fingers ?"
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When to choose "with doing this" or "by doing this"?

Governments should enact laws to restrict drivers' behaviors in some areas........... With doing this, we can create a safer community. By doing this, we can create a safer community. Which one is ...
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Data were collected "by" or "with"?

I feel like by and with are both correct but they mean different things and should be used in different context. for example i would use by if data were collected by someone (a person or a company) ...
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Is "replace it by x" actually correct? [duplicate]

I've always been under the impression that, in standard English, "replace" is only paired with "by" in the passive voice, and that "replace with" is the correct active ...
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Can you clarify the structure "impress somebody with/by something"?

I found this structure in ldoceonline.com but I am a bit confused about it. Ok, to impress somebody with/by something: to make someone feel admiration and respect about something (Source) And ...
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