Account for

Discussion in 'English Only' started by clapec, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. clapec

    clapec Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    Is it possible to use the verb account for in this sentence?

    - The fact that he had eaten something strange could account for Chris's pains in his stomach (stomach pains?), swollen glands and weakness.

    Thank you!
     
  2. davidatherton New Member

    United Kingdom
    This is fine - and you're correct to have "stomach pains" in there - this is the better construction.
     
  3. moirag Senior Member

    Spain
    English, England
    In a word, yes. I prefer "stomach pains".
     
  4. maxiogee Banned

    imithe
    It is indeed possible, and is probably the usual word most people would pick for the situation.
    Another popular way would be to rephrase the sentence
    - The pains in Chris's stomach and his swollen glands and weakness could be down to the fact that he had eaten something strange.
     
  5. clapec

    clapec Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    Would it be possible to say put down to in this case?
     
  6. maxiogee Banned

    imithe
    Yes, it would. The "put" is implicit in the formulation I gave.
     
  7. clapec

    clapec Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    Thank you very much for your explanation! ;)
     

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