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‘with’ or ‘at’ in Academic Task 1

What is the difference between these statements?

1. They spent most of their money on cars, at 45%.

2. They spent most of their money on cars, with over 45% going on petrol.

 

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‘With’ (2) is normally followed by an +ing verb – you use it when you want to add additional information.

The safest preposition to use to add data is ‘at’ (1).

 

When to use ‘at’?

What do you notice about all these uses of ‘at’?

Unemployment started/began at 10%.

Unemployment ended/finished at 10%.

Unemployment remained high, at 10%.

Unemployment remained at 10%.

Unemployment levelled out/stabilised at 10%

Unemployment stood at 10%.

Unemployment peaked at 10%.

Unemployment bottomed out at 10%.

Use ‘at’ to describe a stationary point  (compare moving ‘from…to’)

When to use ‘with’?

Almost two thirds of their money was spent on food, with an equal proportion being spent on takeaways and supermarket shopping.

They spent most of their money on cars, with over 45% going on petrol.

Use ‘with’ + ing verb to add extra details (not just data).

Other options (use a variety)

The amount of money spent was the same, at 14%.

The amount of money spent was the same (14%).

The amount of money spent was the same: 14%.

The amount of money spent was the same 14%.

The same amount of money, 14%, was spent.

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