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    #1

    account for VS make up

    There are two sentences from a good dictionary:
    Electronic goods account for over 30% of our exports.
    Women make up 40 percent of the workforce.
    To my understanding, account for and make up are interchangeable, but which one is used more frequently in modern English?

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    Re: account for VS make up

    They are playing a similar role here but there are various differences between them. It doesn't help much to contrast their relative frequencies.

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