Is there any difference between with and by in sentences below?

You can buy better one by an extra payment of $400.

You can buy better one with an extra payment of $400.

When I use these preposition I know what “with” means here. But I couldn’t understand what “by” means . Is it used like “with” or “by making extra payment”?

  • [an extra $400 payment = better here] – Lambie Feb 29 '20 at 20:15
  • @Lambie Google ngrams says "payment of $100" is used more frequently than "$100 payment". books.google.com/ngrams/… – CJ Dennis Feb 29 '20 at 20:42
  • In this context (with buy) neither by nor with would be a complement of the verb, so they both have their ordinary meaning, that is essentially the same: "by means of". As Paul Tannenbaum points out, buy can take a complement phrase for the price with for, so that is a better choice than either here. – Colin Fine Jul 5 '20 at 9:13

By would mean, "by making."

(And you probably mean "a better one.")

(And a better way to put it is "for an additional payment of.")

  • Yes I missed. Does both sentence mean the same ? I mean can use also “with”? – language learner Jan 18 '20 at 19:18
  • I'd advise against your first. Your second is OK, but far more natural sounding is any of, "for an additional payment of $400," "for another $400," or "for $400 more." – Paul Tanenbaum Jan 18 '20 at 19:24

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