I'm struggling to find a word that can fit in this sentance: "This difference can be ___ to the difference in methods". Something like attributed, but not quite.

Thank you.

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    Since you volunteer that attribute is close, but you still reject it, the obvious course is to look up synonyms. Have you tried that? Jul 11, 2015 at 14:45
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    Fact B is consequential to fact A. I doubt there's a specific verb that means described as consequential. Jul 11, 2015 at 14:55
  • Why ‘not quite like attributed’? What’s wrong with attributed? It’s exactly the word to use … Jul 11, 2015 at 15:45
  • Synonyms are ascribed / put down to. Jul 11, 2015 at 23:05
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    FF makes a valid point. Perhaps you're looking for 'B is predicated on A', which states the functionality without using a modal (informing us that there is attribution / judgement going on) hedge. Jul 12, 2015 at 15:07

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If I understand you correctly, there are two ways to formulate that sentence. Given:

(This difference)(A) can be ___ to (the difference in methods)(B)

, where A might happen because of B, then you can say:

This difference can be due to the difference in methods


This difference can be caused by the difference in methods


This difference is a consequence of the difference in methods.


This difference can be attributed to the difference in methods.

  • OP gives this (and discounts it). Jul 11, 2015 at 23:03
  • My bad. I didn't read closely enough. There really isn't a better word that is idiomatic with "to." Let's see what 128788 picks.
    – deadrat
    Jul 11, 2015 at 23:12

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