“I might be light, but I’m strong. Thanks to the exercise I get with/from my weight vests.”

What's the correct option and why?

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    There are many contexts where more than one preposition can be used. This looks like one of them. – J.R. Jun 26 '17 at 16:08
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    Both are at the very least "acceptable" (as would be through, and possibly other prepositions), but my guess is from would be far more common overall. – FumbleFingers Jun 26 '17 at 16:11
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    I would use lightweight, not light. – user3169 Jun 26 '17 at 19:25

Both of your possible phrases are correct and understandable

Thanks to the exercise I get with my weight vests.
Thanks to the exercise I get from my weight vests.

and as @J.R. points out either can be used.

Personally, I would use

Thanks to the exercise I get with my weight vests.

since the expression is usually said

exercise with weights

and not

exercise from weights


Thanks to the exercise I get from my workout.

can be used to show a different type of relationship for attribution.


As others have pointed out, you could make a good grammatical argument for either. The difference is the nuance between the two.

"With my weight vest" emphasizes the word exercise because with implies that you and your vest exercised together -- that you exercised and the weight vest helped. But "from my weight vest" puts the emphasis back on strong, as the result of exercise which you received from using the weight vest. It reinforces the idea that the weight vest is primarily responsible for the gain, that the exercise alone would not have been enough.

In this way it's not much different from the more common distinction between with/from. Example:

I got the eggs with my sister
I got the eggs from my sister

The first implies that we got the eggs together, while the second says that my sister is the source of the eggs. Both are valid, it just depends on what you want to say.

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