As a preposition,is supposed to be a simple, “innocent” word functioning in similar ways to those of other prepositions such as ‘in’, ‘at’, ‘over’, ‘under’, ‘toward’ and ‘before’:
This particular W word, like many other much-abused four-letter words, has been strained, stretched and wrangled excessively in its usage. Anyone contemplating starting a sentence with the W word is staring down the barrel of an unruly gun prone to firing ungrammatical projectiles. For those who wish to be clear, logical and expressive, it is a word fraught with danger, especially to the unwary.
Far exceeding the appalling state of the misuse and abuse of even such a word as “like”, the wordhas become the most overused, overworked and overburdened word in the English language in so many problematic ways as to render the resulting expression and structure of a sentence clumsy, insipid, inferior or platitudinous.
The following examples demonstrate the various types of error in contemporary usage of. Corresponding corrections are provided as brown texts framed by light blue borders.
With Charlie Brown’s watch showing five o’clock, Snoopy signals Woodstock to leave.
With the rain barely stopping after a heavy pour, Woodstock flies impatiently out of the window.
Charlie Brown’s watch is showing five o’clock, with even Snoopy signalling Woodstock to leave.
The rain barely stops after a heavy pour, with Woodstock flying impatiently out of the window.
Charlie Brown claimed that he had urged Snoopy and Woodstock to seek a much overdue medical examination with the vet being asked to report the results to him as soon as possible.
With Charlie Brown’s watch shown to be passing five o’clock, Snoopy is signalling Woodstock to leave.
With the rain barely stopped after a heavy pour, Woodstock flies impatiently out of the window.
With scarcely enough time to continue, both Charlie Brown and Snoopy signal Woodstock to leave.
With the cessation of rain after a heavy pour, Woodstock flies impatiently out of the window.
With Charlie Brown now as angry and exasperated as a cornered animal injured in a wild fight, both Snoopy and Woodstock wisely avoid him and hide in the nearby bush until he regains his cool and calm bearing.
With both Woodstock and Snoopy having finally entered the house, with its being much warmer and dryer, Charlie Brown promptly closes the door and shuts the windows to keep out the cold and the rain.
Charlie Brown is an excellent observer of butterflies, and with a particular liking for blue ones. If he were to be deprived of this favourite pastime, he would feel unsatisfied and depressed with negative reactions for a day or two with Snoopy and Woodstock.
With the sun casting a much longer shadow and the time approaching four o’clock, everyone is anticipating the drama to unfold. With Charlie Brown there is generally more tolerance towards Woodstock than Snoopy, and as usual with his young and hot-blooded late-afternoon sultry mood, Charlie bears down on the sneaky Snoopy like a mad animal, apart from with the obvious far distance that Snoopy manages to place between them, or with Woodstock managing to get them to compromise with the matter in dispute. Starting with a reconciliatory gesture the next day, Charlie summons Snoopy to give him a big hug and starts to take Snoopy with Woodstock along for a stroll down the country garden with the village creek nearby.
All of the examples have been created by SoundEagle🦅 to feature the inept usage of in contemporary English. Those who mistakenly deem or feel that some or all of SoundEagle🦅’s examples strain (unnecessarily or dubiously) for an alternative to the overused preposition are encouraged to rethink their views, considering that the maladroit handling of has become so ubiquitous and normalized that many people are not even aware that the seemingly decent and much-adopted usage of the preposition in a wide range of verbal expressions and linguistic situations is not only awkward, problematic and unwarranted but also symptomatic of a long-term decline in the standard of grammar and vocabulary. On the odd chance that such people encounter the correct usage of , or better still, some alternative to , they tend to find it to be strange, unnatural, inapposite or even wrong.
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Proper or Preferable
Improper or Less Preferable
|Since (or As or Now that) the living standard of those people has been improved significantly by the advent of electricity, they begin to seek out better amenities and more sophisticated entertainments.
Those people begin to seek out better amenities and more sophisticated entertainments since their living standard has been improved significantly by the advent of electricity.
The living standard of those people has been improved significantly by the advent of electricity. As a result, they begin to seek out better amenities and more sophisticated entertainments.
|With the living standard of those people being improved significantly by the advent of electricity, they begin to seek out better amenities and more sophisticated entertainments.
With significant improvement in the living standard of those people since the advent of electricity, they begin to seek out better amenities and more sophisticated entertainments.
Those people begin to seek out better amenities and more sophisticated entertainments, with their living standard being improved significantly by the advent of electricity.
Those people begin to seek out better amenities and more sophisticated entertainments, (with) their living standard having been improved significantly by the advent of electricity.
|Since reading outside the house is no more difficult than it is inside, and since she enjoys Nature, she is increasingly fond of reading aloud in the courtyard. She has a particular liking for the works of Shakespeare. As usual she strolls to the courtyard this morning. Already waiting at a secluded spot, her brother feigns not to pay any attention to her wont but intends to annoy her in one or more clever ways, for he derives his satisfaction from playing an ingenious prank. He will only be satisfied when an impish, roguish act is done. Having successfully accomplished yet another “mission” at his sister’s expense, he promptly retreats indoors to relive and savour the moments that he had just experienced outdoors, moments freshly engineered for his own amusement. Increasingly confident, he resolves to realise such a plan at least twice a week, should this be within his power.
zero occurrence of “with” and 150 words in total
Use WITH Caution Or Not At All
|With reading outside the house being no more difficult than inside, she is increasingly fond of reading aloud in the courtyard with a particular liking for the works of Shakespeare. As usual with her, she strolls to the courtyard this morning. As with her brother who is already waiting at a secluded spot, he pays no attention to her wont, but with an intention to annoy her with one or more devious ways. Satisfaction to him will only be achieved with an ingenious prank. He will only be satisfied with committing an impish, devilish act. With yet another “mission” being completed successfully at his sister’s expense, he promptly retreats indoors with the sole purpose of reliving and enjoying in his mind the favourite times of what happens outside earlier, which he has recently engineered for his own amusement. With his confidence increasing, he resolves himself to make this happen with a frequency of at least twice a week, by hook or by crook.
12 occurrences of “with” and 163 words in total