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"This knife has dual purposes," is also acceptable.

Rufus May 27, 2003, 2:06am

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The phrase, "war with X," assumes the preposition, "at," thus becoming "at war with X." Back when offically declaring wars was de rigeur, during hostilities, two (or more) nations were considered to be IN a state of war. Therefore, both counties existed alongside eachother in whatever their current state was. Hence, two nations could be, "at war, at peace, at odds, or even at loggerheads WITH one another." I personally consider the phrase, among the three, to be the most formal. Likewise, the phrase has little positive or negative connotations since, it's merely a statement on the state of relations between two states.


Rufus April 21, 2003, 6:00am

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