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Gifted means talanted, but how to be more specific with the area, like 'art' ,'math'etc.

Can i say

"she is gifted in art"?

Or

"she is gifted with art"?

Or

"she is gifted art"?

Thanks.

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In my experience, it would usually be in or at.

She is gifted in art

She is gifted at maths

There might be patterns of preferred use for particular things in which one might be gifted, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

'Gifted with' also turn up, but with a different structure. Then you use it to talk about someone's gifts as a conceptual (or actual) thing, a noun.

He is gifted with a magnificent physique

She is gifted with intelligence

They are gifted with natural grace

Zebras are gifted with long necks

With no preposition, you are talking about someone being given an actual gift.

He was gifted a smart briefcase on graduation from law school

She was gifted a beautiful necklace

They were gifted twelve acres of land

However, note that all of those examples lacking a preposition can be rephrased to use with; they still refer to a gift that is given. Which is more natural will vary. In all cases, however, using "gifted" to mean "given a gift" is less used in most dialects I have come across. We would just say "given".

She was gifted with a beautiful necklace

She was given a beautiful necklace.

Gifted is now usually used to talk about "personal gifts", as in "gifted and talented youth", or the first two groups of examples in these answers.

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