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vipin viswanathan
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:08:01 AM

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He is good at/with almost any sport he tries.

Is using 'with' wrong here? any reason.




sureshot
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:08:55 PM
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vipin viswanathan wrote:
He is good at/with almost any sport he tries.

Is using 'with' wrong here? any reason.






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"Be good at" means "to be able to do something well". Say:

- He is good at almost any sport he tries.
- This child isn't really very good at writing.
- He's very good at solving puzzles.
- My wife thinks that she is good at managing her own finances.
- The new actor is very good at mimicry and improvisation.

"Good with" is usually used in sentences like:

- As a novelist, you need to be good with words (=skilful at using words).
- My friend is very good with people (=skilful at dealing with people).
- He wasn't good with the kids last night.
- They go good with baggy jeans.
- My friend asked me if I was any good with money.
- The hotel manager is good with tourists.
- My new student was very good with a pencil and talented at art.
- My father was good with his fingers and enjoyed repairing clocks.
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