according to / conforming to / in accordance with

Konstantinos

Senior Member
Greek - Athens
According to a growing number of educational experts, schools and universities should focus on...
Conforming to a growing number of educational experts, schools and universities should focus on...
In accordance with a growing number of educational experts, schools and universities should focus on...

Another important reason, according to them, is that ...
Another important reason, conforming to them, is that ...
Another important reason, in accordance with them, is that ...

I wonder if all the expressions in the title mean the same and can be used interchangeably with the same meaning.

Thanks.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    They don't and they can't.

    The only correct sentences there are the top ones. It's commonplace to say "According to [someone or some publication], such-and-such is true". This may be when you're quoting them, or simply referring to their opinion.
     
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    Konstantinos

    Senior Member
    Greek - Athens
    Thanks. So in the first two cases, is there a way to replace "according to"? If "conforming to" and "in accordance with" are not good expressions, is there a different one I can use? In agreement with? Thanks.
     
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