Can benefit be used the preposition WITH?

For example,

My participation in this program will benefit me with a head start on my medical education.

Is it consider grammatically correct? If not, why?

(I know it may sound awkward, but can it be written that way.)

I cannot find the answer anywhere.

  • Sounds fine to me.
    – Anonym
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 18:58
  • See no reason why not. There are other ways of saying it, such as benefit me by providing a head start.... But I see nothing wrong with what you have written.
    – WS2
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 19:19

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Far more idiomatic, I think, to say "give me the benefit of". As a verb, benefit takes a direct object and nothing else.

  • Yes, I see what you are saying. However you failed to answer my question. Do you know of any grammar rule stating it is incorrect?
    – S. Strock
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 19:33
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    It's not a grammatical rule, it's a semantic one. In the absence of a specific idiom, an adverbial phrase beginning with with means "accompanied by" ("eat with friends") or "through the use of" ("eat with your fingers"). What you seem to mean by "benefit with" doesn't fall into either category and there is no idiom for it. Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 4:46

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