be stricken by/with

sevengem

Senior Member
Chinese
Topic: be stricken by/with.
Cagey, moderator.


He was stricken ___ a serious disease.

Which preposition is correct?
 
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  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Evidence for that claim? These ngrams do not support it:
    AE
    BE
    I see you used the bare phrase "stricken by/with" with no reference to any serious disease. I did my search using "stricken by/with cancer". Who can guess what influence the possibility of "stricken by the impression/grief/etc..." might have had?

    When I've got time I'll try other diseases - perhaps there's some unsuspected bias?
     

    sevengem

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Is it a matter of collocation? I saw most of the example sentences in the dictionary use "by" to go with words like "problems" or "disasters" while "with" to go with words like "disease".
     
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