Which sentence is correct?
A. She couldn't waste her time arguing about the matter.
B. She couldn't waste her time by arguing about the matter.
- bluebellbkkLv 74 weeks agoFavourite answer
They are both GRAMMATICALLY correct.
But most native speakers would probably choose A.
PS While it's perfectly correct to "argue the matter", there is nothing at all wrong with "arguing about the matter".
- PeterLv 74 weeks ago
Neither are grammatically correct. 'She wouldn't waste her time arguing the matter', or 'she shouldn't waste her time arguing the matter'. To say that she 'couldn't', suggests that there was some force preventing her from doing so.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
B is a little more formal, but more commonly you would hear people say A.
- Red FoxLv 74 weeks ago
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- Dr. MorrisonLv 64 weeks ago
Choice A. is correct.