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Stand by vs. stand with

 
 
Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 03:41 am
With the meaning of "(to) support someone," should I say or write, for instance, "In the Six-Day War, the U.S. stood by Israel" or "In the Six-Day War, the U.S. stood with Israel"?

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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 05:30 am
@paok1970,
They mean the same thing generally, but there is perhaps a slight difference in nuance.

"Stood by" tends to suggest that you were with them along and didn't abandon them. You remained by their side.

"Stood with" would be more appropriate in situations where you had no particular pre-existing alliance, but, when conflict came, you chose to support them rather than their adversary (or remain neutral).
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