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    #1

    account for

    I would like to use the adverbial phrase "account for" in the following sentence, but I am not sure it is correct .

    "This can be accounted for by learners' attention was higher when watching a video because it may stand as a better retrieving clue."
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    This can be accounted for by the fact that learners' attention was higher when watching a video because it may stand as a better retrieving clue."

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    Re: account for

    Learners were more intently focused when they were watching a video. Compared to what? (The phrase "attention was higher" doesn't work in either sentence.)

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    Re: account for

    The second with by the fact that is OK, but the first doesn't work. However, there are other mistakes in the sentence- the one Tarheel has pointed out and better retrieving clue, where I struggle to get the intended meaning.

    It sounds like you mean something along the lines of this:

    Learners were more focused when watching a video, which may have helped them remember more.

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    Re: account for

    I'm wondering why you think 'account for' is an adverbial phrase.

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