difficulties accompany


Senior Member
Hi all,

Can difficulties accompany something?
My sentence is the following:

"Thus, many difficulties accompany the rebuilding of the Church."

Church here means the community and not a building.
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Yes, it can be used in that way. It sounds odd, though, worded that way. I don't know the entire context but "difficulties accompany" sounds stilted. I could imagine "have accompanied" or "will accompany" or "are accompanying".


    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Is it stilted only because of the verb-form or the expression? I can write "are accompanying".
    Thanks, Dimcl.
    It's just that "difficulties accompany" is too passive. Has the church been rebuilt? If so, the "difficulties accompanied". Will the church be rebuilt in the future? If so, "will accompany". If the church is currently being rebuilt, it should be "are accompanying".
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