Is it acceptible to say something like this: With a scoff, she searched their faces. The computer activated with a brief whir. He looked up with a snort Obviously she's not searching their faces using a scoff, but she's searching their faces as she scoffed. The computer isn't using a brief whir to activate, but the brief whir is accompanying the bootup. He's not using a snort to prop up his face. What does the word "with" imply? I'm not looking for an alternative way to phrase this sentence, but this is a general question about the use of the word "with." Is this phrasing acceptable? Any advice?