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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Alternatives for By

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.

Today's word is:

Not to be confused with bye or buy. Not surprising there aren't a whole lot of of synonyms for by. And some of them are cheaters, using "by" in the synonym.

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

abreast, adjacent to, adjoining, along, alongside (of), as a result of, aside, at, at hand, at the side of, attached to, away

because of, before, be on one side, beside, beyond, border/bordering, by dint of, by way of, by means of, by virtue of

check by jowl, close, close to, connected to, contiguous with



in front of, in good time, in reach


next to, no later than

on, out flank, over, overlooking


neighboring, next to


right and left

side by side, sidle, skirt

through, to leeward, to one side, to windward


A lot of people have covered The Rivers of Babylon, but this is the original hit from 1970.


  1. Learning English as a second language is always a challenge and a lot of it is due to this kind of thing.

    Loved hearing that song!

  2. Now that's a simple word that I rarely think about. Great selection of alternatives. Now if I can only notice and not let that one slip by next--I mean "slip past".

    Tossing It Out

  3. Ah a wonderfully helpful list!!! Must keep this in mind.

  4. My mom always used "by" as in "at" -- "Were you by Barbie's house?" I never liked that usage. Yep, picky about words even way back when.


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