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Here is my problem from VOA news:
"I was in my office when a blast occurred a little after 8:30 a.m. and I certainly heard it but I didn't feel anything. We're still gathering information, however, to the best of our knowledge all U.S. Embassy personnel have been accounted for and there has been no damage to the Embassy."
I am a little bit confused about the sentence " all U.S. Embassy personnel have been accounted for" above. Does it mean that the conclusion that there has been no damage to the Embassy is drawn from all U.S Embassy personnel?
Thanks very much for your warm help!!
They give the necessary explanation, it means. Or, it means they explain the reasons.
Btw, why is it in 'passive structure'?
1. The embassy personnel are more important than the person, or people, who accounted for them. Passive forms allow the receiver of an action to be more prominent by making the receiver of the action the subject of a sentence.
2. It's possible that a number of people accounted for the embassy personnel, and it's not practical to attribute this action to one person or even more than one person.
Also, although "accounted" is not technically an adjective, past participles in passive verb forms sometimes take on an adjective-type quality, and I think it's reasonable to take that view here.The phrase "be accounted for", I would say, is a very common passive structure, which is why I compared the past participle in this case to an adjective. In other words, "accounted for" is so common that it could seem that people or things are described as "accounted for".
(accounted is a past participle or what some people call "third form" of a verb)