Is there any difference in meaning between:

  1. take account of
  2. take into account

Or do they both mean "to take into consideration"?

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Take account of means to pay attention to someone or something, take notice of, *as well as to take into consideration.

take into account means to take into consideration.

They're so close as to be fairly interchangeable, take into account usually allows a sentence to flow more smoothly.

  • Yes, but syntactically you can only take account of X, whereas you can take X into account or take into account X according to your preference and the "flow" of your intended context. That's not necessarily the only (or even a significant) factor in overall preference, but latterly, OP's format #2 is much more common... Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 22:17
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    ...my advice to OP would be don't bother trying to use #1 at all - just be aware other people still do sometimes. Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 22:18
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    I was going to post a comment to you earlier today, to ask if you would consider signing up for ELL - I didn't, obviously, since I discovered you'd already done this a few days before. To my mind, this current question (and many, many more) are a bit pointless on ELU (I mean, c'mon - is it really likely to be of interest to linguists, etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts?) Anyway, you're obviously going down well here, but I bet you'll soon become even more valued on ELL (you did say you were once a teacher, after all! :) Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 0:41

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