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    The singer was accompanied on the piano by her sister

    This is a sentence from a dictionary explaining the usage of "accompany".
    Could I use "accompany" as follows?
    The singer was accompanied on a beautiful dance from a girl.

    So in the case of a dance instead of musical equipment, does "accompany" work? If not, what word should I use?

    thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: accompany

    You are "accompanied by" someone if they join you or come with you in a passive sentence:

    I was accompanied by my two dogs on my long walk this morning.
    He was accompanied by a beautiful girl when he danced the tango.
    The two brothers were accompanied by two gorgeous sisters.

    In an active sentence, there is no preposition to worry about when talking about location:
    His wife accompanied him to the party.
    My two dogs accompanied me on my long walk this morning.

    With musical instruments:

    He was accompanied, on the piano, by a very famous pianist.
    A very famous pianist accompanied him on the piano.

    Your sentence "He was accompanied on a beautiful dance from a girl" is incorrect. Neither preposition is correct, it seems strange to attach "beautiful" to the dance instead of the girl, and the word order is rather unnatural. "He was accompanied by a beautiful girl during the dance". I suppose you could say "He was accompanied by a girl during the beautiful dance" but it sounds odd.
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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: accompany

    Thanks for your explanation!

    But I didn't make myself clear.

    What I meant was how I can use "accompany" to describe a situation where a dancer is dancing while a singer sings a song like a musical instrument does.
    Can I write: The singing(or The singer) was accompanied on/by some beautiful dance?

    thanks again

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    Re: accompany

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    What I meant was how I can use "accompany" to describe a situation where a dancer is dancing while a singer sings a song like a musical instrument does.
    You can't, really.

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    Re: accompany

    thanks!

    What will a native say or write in this case?

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    Re: accompany

    'Rudolph danced while Clara sang.'

    'Margot waltzed to André's singing'.

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