how to use "by" I can understand "by the river" but how people live "by the desert"? the "by" has the same meaning here?
Feb 28, 2017 10:55 AM
Answers · 2
'By' in this sense means 'next to' or 'close to'. If someone lives by the desert, it would mean that they live close to the edge of a desert. I don't see a problem with this expression.
February 28, 2017
"by the desert" sounds weird. We'd usually say "in the desert".
February 28, 2017
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