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  1. shrry
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    be accounted or be accounted for

    Dear teachers,

    I have a minor grammatical question about the following senstence:

    Although this finding can be accounted for from the perspective of A, it can also be equally accounted for from the perspective of B.

    Are the two "for"s after the word "accounted" necessary?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. #2

    Re: be accounted or be accounted for

    That is an awkward construction, but it is syntactically correct.

    The phrasal verb "accounted for" cannot be elided to "accounted," as that changes the meaning.

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    Re: be accounted or be accounted for

    Welcome, grammar.gal.


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    Re: be accounted or be accounted for

    Quote Originally Posted by grammar.gal
    That is an awkward construction, but it is syntactically correct.

    The phrasal verb "accounted for" cannot be elided to "accounted," as that changes the meaning.

    Dear Grammar.gal,

    Thanks you for your clarification!
    You said --that is an awkward construction. What did you exactly mean? Is it because the two clauses repeated a lot?

    Thank you~~

  4. #5

    Re: be accounted or be accounted for

    By "awkward construction," I meant that the sentence might sound better if the phrasal verb "accounted for" were not repeated. Only a suggestion.

    Instead of:
    "Although this finding can be accounted for from the perspective of A, it can also be equally accounted for from the perspective of B."

    You might say:
    "This finding can be equally accounted for from the perspectives of both A and B."
    Last edited by grammar.gal; 12-Sep-2005 at 04:42.


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    #6

    Re: be accounted or be accounted for

    Thank you, grammar.gal.
    I wanted to emphasize the second sentence, so I used such a construction. But it seems not so good.

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