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Visitors can rest by the peaceful palm-shaded central courtyard.

What is the usage of 'by' in this sentence?It means ''beside'' or ''showing the way of taking a rest''?

  • Beside. . . . . . – P. E. Dant Sep 4 '16 at 3:55
  • As a suggestion: This kind of questions can be answered using a dictionary. You only need to check all the possible definitions of a specific word. In this case you must check the preposition BY in the dictionary. – Cardinal Sep 4 '16 at 3:58
  • You need to explain how each of your options fits into the meaning of your phrase, otherwise you are just asking us to choose the correct definition. – user3169 Sep 4 '16 at 4:19
  • I think this is on-topic and shows basic research or knowledge. Remember that learning a language is also learning new systems of logic, often very different than L1 systems. – Jim Reynolds Sep 4 '16 at 5:04
  • If a big baboon, by the light of the moon, can comb his auburn hair, why can't a learner reasonably experience the problem posed? – Jim Reynolds Sep 4 '16 at 5:07
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By means beside or near in this usage.

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