What is the main difference between "amounts for" and "amounts to"? As much as I know they are phrasal verbs of amount. The meaning of "amounts to" can be easily found by googling it. But no results were displayed for the meaning of "amounts for". Can you provide some examples for both.
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amounts to means adds up to. Example:
Greg Smith won £6 and Alex Smith won £5, that amounts to £11 in winnings for the Smith family.
amounts for is not a set phrase, and is just the word "amounts" next to the word "for". Example for how this could arise:
I bought 10kg of silver and 10kg of gold for my jewellery shops. The amounts for my shop in London are 5kg of silver and 8kg of gold, with the balance being for my shop in Birmingham.
From comments it appears this question is from a quote:
The water probably amounts for just a few percent of weight of the surface of Mars.
As per other people's comments, this should be either amounts to or, more likely, accounts for. It is probably a typo.