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Suresh Madusha

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A paper which I did has a question like this.

When they see a fish, they swoop down to catch the fish ..................(with/by) their beaks.

The answer was "with". But can I  put "by" instead of "with".

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Hello Suresh,

Thank you for your question.

No, you cannot use 'by' here. 'by' generally comes before verbs and in some expressions. When you mention a tool or a body part preceded by a determiner (a, an, the, my, their, etc.), you should use 'with'.

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