1
  • So, what do you think of the application I finished yesterday? Would you correct anything?
  • I support your idea, but the client would appreciate it more if it was completed by/with/using/via other software.

What is the best choice here and why?

0

I would go with using. Here are what I think are the problems with the other word choices:

  • by - This makes it sound like the software did all the work, without any human intervention. The work was actually done *by* a human with the help of the software.
  • with - This word kind of works in this context, but I think it's better to use using since using is a verb and thus indicates an action - with doesn't tell you what the person would be doing with the software (which is, of course, *using* it).
  • via - This word sounds awkward to me in this context. It is mostly used as a synonym of "by way of", as in "I'm flying to Hawaii via California". It can also be used to mean something is like a stepping-stone in a less literal sense, as in "She arrived at the answer via brainstorming." In other words, I think you would mostly use this word when you are talking about a path (literal or figurative) to somewhere with any number of "stops" on the way. In this sentence, the software is not like a stop on the way, but is the thing the person is using the entire time they are working to complete the application.
  • Also, not part of your question, but there are two other corrections I'd make here: 1) Would you correct anything ? To me, something implies just one thing. Anything allows the possibility of multiple things being corrected. 2) if it were completed - this should use the subjunctive, rather than the indicative mood. – Mixolydian Jan 31 at 20:21

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.