WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: by, with, inby is used especially in passives, to say who or what does or causes something• She was hit by a truck.• a book written by Peter CareyUse with or inafter verbs which describe a state rather than an action• The room was lit with candles. • Her house is always filled with music. • The books were covered in dust.Use withto say what tool you use to do something• I got the stain out with this brush (NOT by this brush). ➔ See alsoby
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.