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Encyclopaedia Britannica has the following explanation of realism in philosophy:
"realism, in philosophy, the viewpoint which accords to things which are known or perceived an existence or nature which is independent of whether anyone is thinking about or perceiving them...."
I saw "accords to" for the first time in the above text so I'm not sure about my understanding. Is there something omitted between "accords" and "to"? Or is "accords to" the same phrase as "accords with" in meaning?
I checked how "accord" is used in what forms in Oxford Learner's Dictionaries, and it shows these forms:
- accord something to somebody/something
- accord somebody/something sth
- accord (with something)
Nothing is omitted between "accords" and "to". The Encyclopaedia Britannica excerpt is using the first of the forms you list from the Oxford Learner's Dictionaries. However, it is doing so in a somewhat roundabout way. It is saying: "realism, in philosophy, (is) the viewpoint which accords A to B", where 'A' is an existence or nature which is independent of whether anyone is thinking about or perceiving them, and 'B' is things which are known or perceived. Perhaps inserting a comma after "perceived" in the Encyclopaedia Britannica excerpt might have made it easier to understand.
I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....