[Common Mistakes] 〜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 in a ballpoint pen.

All 〜によって that indicate a means can be 〜で, but 〜によって is still appropriate if you need to mention anything in particular.
It is common to write names in ballpoint pen, so you should use 〜で.
It’s a bit extreme, if you want to write your name in chocolate or lipstick, you could use 〜によって.

Please write your name in pencil.

It is a picture painted by lipstick.

It is a house made by chocolate.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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