[JLPT grammar] 〜によって is still appropriate if you need to mention anything in particular

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N3 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

Please write your name with a ballpoint pen.


While all instances of 〜によって that indicate a means can be replaced with 〜で, 〜によって is still appropriate for emphasizing a particular method.
It is common to write names with ballpoint pen, so you should use 〜で.
It might seem extreme, but if you want to write your name with something unconventional like chocolate or lipstick, you could use 〜によって.


Please write your name in pencil.

This is a picture painted with lipstick.

This is a house made of chocolate.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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