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By or With? What’s the Difference?

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

Do you write by a pen or with a pen? Do you learn English by watching or with watching English lessons online?

If you're not sure which to use, don't worry! I have the answer for you.


Use by with verbs ending in ing.

Example: I learned English by reading lots of books.

You can also use by with some nouns, like transportation.

Example: He commutes an hour by train.


Use with before nouns that are tools.

Example: I write with a pen.

You can watch the whole lesson here:

Are you feeling confident? Take this quiz and see how well you know the difference between by and with!


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