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This question involves the difference between -ing form and by -ing form.

The passage below is from a few steps guided on Microsoft's website as to how to renew a one-year subscription of Microsoft Office 365.

Go to Office.com/setup and, if prompted, sign in using the Microsoft account that’s associated with your Office 365 subscription.

I am wondering whether the sentence would be still correct and mean the same thing with using changed into by using as follows.

Go to Office.com/setup and, if prompted, sign in by using the Microsoft account that’s associated with your Office 365 subscription.

Thank you very much.

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Open the door using this key.

Open the door by using this key.

The preposition by casts its object as an instrumentality, a means-by-which; since the verb use already has this meaning, the version with the preposition simply reinforces the meaning of the verb.

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  • Thank you so much for your elegant answer as always. And if I may check this, the verb you mentioned at the end of the answer means the verb using, right? – Smart Humanism Nov 27 '18 at 7:13
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    @SmartHumanism: Yes, the verb use means "to employ something as an instrument". Its participle is using. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 27 '18 at 11:00
  • Thank you again for the kind answer. And I've learn the use of cast and employ from your answers as well. I saw several times you use those verbs when explaining. I think it seems to be neat uses of those verbs. :) – Smart Humanism Nov 28 '18 at 7:21

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