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Posted by miraclejess   6 Oct 2014 5 32 pm

Dear Alex,

I am afraid you missed my questions, so I post it again.



Posted by miraclejess 4 Oct 2014 8 39 pm

Dear Alex,

What is the difference between "accompany by" and "accompany with"?

''accompany by'' is follow by person at the end ?

''accompany with'' is follow by object at the end?

I have a mix about this, when I should use accompany with or by?



Posted by miraclejess 4 Oct 2014 10 33 pm

Dear Alex,

I have checked the dictionary, it said that "In everyday English, people usually say 'go with' or 'come with' someone rather than accompany someone.''

So when I should use accompany with / by (someone), go with (someone), and come with (someone)?



Posted by alex stringer   7 Oct 2014 10 28 am

Hi Jess

Apologies for the delay in answering your question - I've been away on holiday.

'Accompany' can be used with the preposition 'by':

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

It can also be followed by a direct object:

His assistant accompanied him to the conference.

'Accompany with' sounds wrong to me. Prepositions are tricky and there can be small variations in usage around the English-speaking world, but I'm pretty sure I've never heard it from a native speaker.

As for the second point, the register is extremely formal. It would hardly ever be used in speech and only in a very formal written style. (It's one of those very formal words that Hong Kong speakers often use when speaking and that makes them sound unnatural - e.g. 'inform', 'request', 'consult' etc.)

Hope this helps

Posted by miraclejess   8 Oct 2014 6 33 pm

Thank you Alex. Just recognized it is wrong to say "accompany with"

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