Jang Joonggun
from A to A vs A by A 1. Comfort food would vary from culture to culture.(O) 2. Comfort food would vary culture by culture (?)
Feb 1, 2017 3:11 PM
Answers · 3
Yes, #2 sounds odd to me. The grammar is correct and I understand the meaning of #2, but I think #1 is more common, at least where I live in the U.S.
February 2, 2017
Both actually work. People often say, "on a case by case basis" for example. So: "We'll have to evaluate these accounts on a case by case basis." Both sentences might sound better if you said, "Comfort food varies ..." instead of "Comfort food would vary ..." Saying 'varies' sounds more like a statement, whereas 'would vary', especially if the speaker stresses 'would', sounds more like a confirmation. For example: A: "I wonder if they have pizza shops here in India." B: "Probably not. The food here is a lot different than what we eat in America." A: "You're right. Comfort food would vary from culture to culture."
February 1, 2017
Does #2 sound odd?
February 1, 2017
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