I have this sentence:

This man was an accomplice with the thief.

It sounds very unnatural to me as, correct me if I am wrong, "accomplice" conveys that the man was with the criminal i.e helping the criminal, so use of "with" in the sentence makes it superfluous.

http://www.yourdictionary.com/accomplice states that both "with" and "of" can be used. Please specify where to use which one.

  • "However,the source from where I took the sentence asks for strictly using "with". Hardly believable, with the Ngram Viewer results. You can provide the link to that source, can't you? – Victor B. Dec 10 '17 at 21:12
  • Well, I took the sentence from a local grammar practice workbook. I've already found many typos in it. Guess it's not reliable at all. – Vandana Dec 11 '17 at 3:10

I agree with you.

To me, Frank was an accomplice of the thief. sounds more natural than accomplice with.

Google Ngram comparing the two:

Google Ngram

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