Killed by/with my sword?

I was watching this movie "Season of the witch" when i heard the above mentioned phrase. A boy was standing with his sword in his hand when another guy came running toward him. Accidentally the boy's sword was plunged into the other guy's body. The boy said that he was killed by my sword. I was wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct or not. I think with is correct.

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  • 7 years ago
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    By my sword = My sword was the cause of death. I was the killer.

    With my sword = My sword was the instrument used by the killer.The killer might not have been me.

    "By my sword" seems to imply that I am the person wielding it.

    "With my sword"- no individual is specified. It could have been anybody.

    The man was eaten BY a shark.

    The shark was eaten BY the man.

    The shark was eaten BY the man WITH a knife and fork.

    The shark was eaten WITH a knife and fork.

    If you need to go into it in further detail have a look at this;

    I killed him (agent-action-patient)

    ==> He was killed BY me (patient-action-BY-agent)

    My sword killed him.(agent-action-patient)

    ==> He was killed BY my sword. (patient-action-BY-agent)

    (I) killed him WITH my sword. (agent-action-patient-WITH- instrument)

    ==> He was killed( BY me) WITH my sword.(patient-action-(BY-agent)- WITH-instrument)

    (Somebody) killed him WITH my sword. (agent-action-patient-WITH- instrument)

    ==> He was killed (BY somebody) WITH my sword.(patient-action-(BY-agent)- WITH-instrument)

  • 7 years ago

    The film by Nicolas Cage, Right?

    He was killed BY my sword means: It was the boy holding the sword

    He was killed WITH my sword means: Someone else used the boy's sword to kill him.

    But if the sentence went like, I killed him WITH my sword, using BY would have been wrong.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    In that context of accidental killing the expression 'killed by my sword' would be fine.

    But If deliberate then "I killed him with my sword".

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