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    To the accompaniment

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    They sat in the park to the accompaniment of twittering and chirping birds.

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    Re: To the accompaniment

    If they were singing and the birds were providing background (accompaniment) then yes, it would work. But that's not what you're looking for.

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    Re: To the accompaniment

    You could say:

    They sat in the park and happily listened to the twittering and chittering birds.

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    Re: To the accompaniment

    Tarheel,

    Thank you for your explanations. The problem is that the dictionaries do not tell you such subtle details about the words. I believed that "to the accompaniment" could have been used even if people were silent.

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    Re: To the accompaniment

    Well, I had to look it up to be sure. All the dictionaries (3 or 4) say the accompanist supports somebody else in some fashion. For example, a pianist might accompany a singer.

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