Word pairs: by | with


Open it by pushing a button - Abra apertando um botão


When we describe the method to do something, we use by + verb (-ing form):

  • You can open the package by cutting the seal.
  • You can study English by watching series and movies.
  • You can cut wait just by running.


When we mention the instrument used to do something, we use with + instrument's name:

  • I'll just cut it open with a knife.
  • I like eating chicken wings with my hands.

Note: We can also use by when referring to means of transportation or anything related because that is the method of transportation:

  • We can go by car if you want.
  • Are we going to travel by sea or by land?