depending on vs. according to

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Luis Manuel

Senior Member
Spanish
Hello, everyone

I would really appreciate it if you could help me solve this doubt: are there any differences in meaning between these sentences?

(1) Teens show differences depending on whether they are accompanied by their friends or by the relatives.
(2) Teens show differences according to whether they are accompanied by their friends or by the relatives.

To what extend can depending on in (1) be replaced by according to in (2)? If not possible, how else can (1) be expressed?

Thank you very much
 
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  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Both are fine in that context. What does sound a bit odd is “show differences”, rather than “behave differently”.
     

    Luis Manuel

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    I agree with you, lingobing. The expression show differences in the examples above sounds a bit odd. What about this pair of sentences?

    (3) The surface shows differences depending on whether it is affected by heat or by cold.
    (4) The surface shows differences according to whether it is affected by heat or by cold.

    Can depending on in (3) still be replaced by according to in (4)?
     
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