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    #1

    accompany me/keep me company

    My husband is so busy with his work that he never has time to accompany me/to keep me company.

    Do both phrase work for this sentence?

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    My husband is so busy with his work that he never has time to accompany me/to keep me company.

    Do both phrase work for this sentence?

    Many thanks.
    It depends on the context.

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    #3

    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    Thanks, bhai. If there's no context referring to them going somewhere, then 'accompany' can't be used here, is that so?

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    #4

    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    Yes – that is so.

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    #5

    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    Now in this below context, can we still use both? Thank you again?

    My husband was so busy with his work that he never had time to accompany me/to keep me company.As a result, I decided to pursue something that could satisfy my empty mind.
    (The next paragraph is about my finding voluntary work looking in an old people's home.)
    Last edited by joham; 24-May-2012 at 23:34. Reason: one sentence added.

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    #6

    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    I feel we should use 'spend time with me' to replace the underlined part because either of the two phrase fits in. Am I right?
    Thanks again.

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    #7

    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    Keep me company = spend time with me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I feel we should use 'spend time with me' to replace the underlined part because either of the two phrase fits in. Am I right?
    Thanks again.
    It's possible, but you'd be repeating time. How about something like My husband was so busy with his work that he never had any time to spend with me.

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    Re: accompany me/keep me company

    It's certainly possible for someone to accompany you but, at the same time, not keep you company.

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