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    1. take someone or something into account and take into account someone or something
      to remember to consider someone or something [McGraw-Hill]
    2. take something into account and take something into consideration
      to consider something to be an important factor in some decision. [McGraw-Hill]
    3. take something/somebody into account also take account of something/somebody
      to think about something or someone when you are making a decision or a judgement [Cambridge]
    4. take something into account also take account of something
      to include something when making a decision or judgment [Cambridge]


      take into account - Idioms by The Free Dictionary



    I am wondering how you would take into account their difference? Or are they interchangeable? If so, when, where, or in which situation?
    Would you please elaborate your explanations in such a way I could get them more readily?



    Thanks in advance


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    The explanations seem to me very good and self explanatory.

    In the first case (1) someone is probably making a decision of some kind and there may may be one or two things he or she needs to think bear in mind before making the decision .

    One of these is something that he will take into account. (if it is a person that he is taking into account then the meaning is very similar ,although not quite identical)

    I hope you are not trying to memorise these different meanings as that is (for me at least ) very difficult .

    The way I would learn (if I was learning a foreign language ) would be to first understand the separate explanations and then to try to find examples * which use the 4 "definitions"

    I think language is a very inexact "science" and so you do not need to "pin these definitions down" too exactly (ie you don't need to memorise them ).

    Perhaps that is just because it is too hard for me.Other people may enjoy these small distinctions -I prefer to keep things "loose" in my head.

    * you could try googling them (I do this when I have words or phrases I want to look out for in French for example ) although perhaps the dictionary you linked to will give you some relevant contexts from actual texts.


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    The pairs of expressions you list are interchangeable. There is no difference in how you would use them, and neither is more applicable than the other to any particular situation.
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    So, if they are interchangeable,why have been defined differently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    So, if they are interchangeable,why have been defined differently?
    In an exam everyone would answer the questions in their own words, no two answers would be the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    So, if they are interchangeable,why have been defined differently?
    In your native language, do people always say the same thing in the same way, or might they use slightly different words?
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    First, I really do appreciate your invaluable teachings.

    that's ok. I am wondering if you know any authoratative resource to show that they are synonym.

    Of course, I accept all that you have taught me.
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    Perhaps I misunderstood the question. There are two slightly different meanings in your four definitions. Definition 1 and 3 are similar and definitions 2 and 4 are similar. In 1 and 3, when you take something or someone into account, that means you don't forget about them completely. In definitions 2 and 4, it means that you not only think about the persons or things which you are taking into account, but those persons or things influence your actions or decisions.

    to remember to consider someone or something. I hope you'll take Bill and Bob into account when you plan the party.
    This just means you won't fail to invite them just because you forgot they existed. You still might not invite them to the party, but it won't be because you forgot about them.

    In definitions 2 and 4, the meaning is slightly different.
    to consider something to be an important factor in some decision. We will take your long years of service into account when we make our final decision.
    This implies that the thing you are taking into account will affect an action or decision. Perhaps the employee will be more likely to get a promotion, in part because of his long years of service.
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    So, eventually my last question, do you ,as a native speaker, consider such differences or you use all four versions interchangeably?
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    As I said, there are really only two versions, since 1 is the same as 3 and 2 is the same as 4. No, they are not interchangeable. There is a slight difference in meaning because in one case, considering or taking into consideration just means acknowledging the existence, and in the other case considering or taking into consideration means using the information to help make a decision.
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