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Hemant Patel 1
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:21:24 PM

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I have seen by/to/with the naked eye, not sure if other prepositions also worked with that expression. What is the difference in meaning between them?


Microbes are too small to be seen by the naked eye.
Microbes are too small to be seen to the naked eye.
Microbes are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:48:26 PM

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Hemant Patel 1 wrote:
I have seen by/to/with the naked eye, not sure if other prepositions also worked with that expression. What is the difference in meaning between them?


Microbes are too small to be seen by the naked eye.
Microbes are too small to be seen to the naked eye.
Microbes are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

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The first and third of those sentences are perfectly normal, and have the same meaning.

The second sentence is not natural; "to" doesn't work in this construction. We do use it to describe how something appears "to the naked eye."

Eoin Riedy
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 12:06:47 PM

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The second sentence would have to be reworded "Microbes are not visible to the naked eye".
TMe
Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:06:04 PM

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I would write this sentence as

Microbes are too small to be visible with the naked eye.

The numerical value on microbial size, most measurements of microbes are done with the unit of measure of micrometer, which is one millionth of a meter (one 2,500th of an inch). In relation to something more tangible a period or “. ” is about 0.5 millimeters or 0.5/1,000th of a meter. A typical microbe would be about 1/500th of a period. So microbes are invisible to the naked eye.

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TMe
Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:09:12 PM

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I would write this sentence as

Microbes are too small to be visible with the naked eye.

The numerical value on microbial size, most measurements of microbes are done with the unit of measure of micrometer, which is one millionth of a meter (one 2,500th of an inch). In relation to something more tangible a period or “. ” is about 0.5 millimeters or 0.5/1,000th of a meter. A typical microbe would be about 1/500th of a period. So microbes are invisible to the naked eye.

I am a layman.
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