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    to account for and to take into account

    Is it okay to say, "to account for X" when I want to say, "to take X into account"? "Account for" has several uses, but this one is new to me. Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: to account for and to take into account

    It would help if you had provided sentences. But, in general,

    "to account for X" = to be responsbile for

    "to take X into account = to use x as an example

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    Re: to account for and to take into account

    Thank you for your reply. For example, I usually write like this:
    The plan was changed to take different possibilities into account.
    My question was if I can reword this as follows:
    The plan was changed to account for different possibilities.
    Is this correct, or, possible?

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    Re: to account for and to take into account

    Quote Originally Posted by xiangu View Post
    Thank you for your reply. For example, I usually write like this:
    The plan was changed to take different possibilities into account.
    My question was if I can reword this as follows:
    The plan was changed to account for different possibilities.
    Is this correct, or, possible?
    Yes, you can make that change.

    On the other hand, in most places, it wouldn't work:
    "There's the missing 3 million dollars we must account for."
    "There's the missing 3 million dollars we must take into account."
    These have different meanings.

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