I want to say the following sentence, but I'm not sure about the correct preposition to put in the highlighted blank.

I can bring my e-books with me on my cell phone which is not possible [...] paper books.

[for/with/through/...] ?

  • I am not sure that the preposition 'with' can be used here to mean the situation in which you have to bring paper books and you cannot do it. Does 'with' mean, by any chance, 'using something' or 'with use of something' or 'by means of something', which is incorrect in this context?
    – user11470
    Commented Jan 13, 2015 at 13:14
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    Maybe "which is not possible in case of" works here. Consider 'in respect of', 'in regard to'.
    – user11470
    Commented Jan 13, 2015 at 13:18
  • Nice phrase, "in case of". Commented Jan 13, 2015 at 15:34
  • Maybe it's "nice", but it's wrong for your sentence—"paper books" are not a situation. Also, Mok, you might like to change your question title to "Which preposition fits (in) this sentence?" Commented Jan 14, 2015 at 0:03

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I would use the preposition with:

I can bring my e-books with me on my cell phone, which is not possible with paper books.

I would also add a comma before "which".


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