Please, help me to pick a preposition.

"The dance was accompanied WITH (or should I use "by"?) two drunk men's loud talk" (meaning while somebody was dancing, two other men were talking loudly)

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Hi, Windward,

Both "with" and "by" can work with the verb "accompany" ("by" is more usual), but I don't think "was accompanied" works in your sentence, which, as a result, does not make much sense to me. How can two drunk men's loud talk accompany a dance? Perhaps it can spoil, but not accompany it.

Thank you. Indeed, it sounds unusual, but in the context the lyric hero does not complain but more enjoys this environment. Do you think it's ok to put it like this then?

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