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‘With’ as a preposition

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘With’ as a preposition.


“I am sure they will be delighted with you.”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


Mingling with the idle rich carried its penalties.

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


I hope by next summer to have done with my tedious work.

From ‘The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin’, by Charles Darwin.


She thought of what had just passed with anxiety and distrust.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


“I dare say Mr Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


It was high time, for I now began to be tortured with thirst.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


“You fled to the Continent with your plunder the next morning!”

From ‘The Moonstone’, by Wilkie Collins.


There was some anxiety mixed with Lady Russell’s joy in meeting her.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


To shop for others, or with others, is a most irksome fatigue.

From ‘The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners’, by Eliza Leslie.


“He left me in an immense room with a fireplace at each end.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


He listened to all their impertinence with the most forbearing courtesy.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


She commended his patience and perseverance in going through with it.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


“I wish I knew what to do,” she said with a catch in her voice.

From ‘A Damsel in Distress’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


With these words, he seized Sir Mulberry by the arm, and hurried him away.

From ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, by Charles Dickens.


Riches and rank have no necessary connection with genuine gentlemanly qualities.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.


“Yes,” said Fanny, in a faint voice, and looking down with fresh shame.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


It was with a rather imperious gesture that I summoned Jeeves to my side.

From ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“I shall be very sorry to go away,” said she, with a faltering voice.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


We twisted ourselves about, and lay as still as death, with every sense alert.

From ‘The First Men in the Moon’, by H.G. Wells.


“Jane, your little feet are bare; lie down and cover yourself with my quilt.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

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“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.”

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.
Anne Elliot to Captain Harville.

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