Can "accompanied" be followed by preposition with? I've only heard about accompanied by. But I want to know If there is any context in which we should use accompanied with.

My last year was accompanied by hardships, struggles, and ups and downs.

My last year was accompanied with hardships, struggles, and ups and downs.

  • "Accompanied by" is almost a set expression. "Accompanied with" will be understood; it's not incorrect, and does not differ in meaning from the usual "accompanied by", but by is the most commonly used preposition. There are no contexts in which one or the other is preferred. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Nov 16 '16 at 20:58

As the following Ngram shows, "accompanied with" has fallen out of favour over the last 200 years:

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I don't know why. "Fillet steak accompanied with French fries" sounds good to me.

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    A cautionary note on the ngram: it analyzes only text published in books. That it is not an accurate guide to real usage is exemplified by the following ngram; in America today, the verb wanna is at least as commonly used as want to. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Nov 16 '16 at 21:09

Accompanied "by" something is the idiomatic usage:

  • with something extra to go along with something else; with something to complement something else.

    • Dessert was accompanied by a fine white wine.

(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.)

As shown in Ngram"accompanied with" used to be a common expression, but it is rarely used now.

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Usage of by in your context has a meaning of near or at the side of someone:

A small child stood sullenly by her side.

He wanted to keep her close by him always.

The policewoman walked by (= past) them without saying a word.

Usage of with in your context has a meaning of having or including something:

A tall woman with dark hair

Two coffees please, one with milk and one without.

We're an international company with offices in Paris, New York, and Sydney.

He woke up with a terrible headache.

Now lets have a look at accompanied:

..to go with someone or to be provided or exist at the same time as something:

The course books are accompanied by four CDs.

Depression is almost always accompanied by insomnia.

The salmon was accompanied by (= served with) a fresh green salad.

see? Almost in every situation it is used with by to express the feeling of near or at the side of someone.

So if you use with, it will give the impression of "not necessarily but still accompanied" by having the meaning "having or including something" and if you use by instead, it will give the impression of "someone is intended to be accompanied".

resource: Cambridge Dictionary

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