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Try this link to [url="http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=accordance "]Dictionary.com for the word Accordance.[/url]
It seems to depend on whether accordance is an agreement of opinion or a granting of rights.
Hope that helps.
Google up both at the same time: "in accordance to" "in accordance with"
and you'll find some interesting cases.
Some of the uses of "in accordance to" are incorrect substitutes for "according to", and these seem to include some non-native writers as well. Other uses of "in accordance to" appear to be slips. For example, I found a few articles where the phrase "in accordance with" was used many, many times, and "in accordance to" only once, in the exact same context!
I also found many cases where the two were used interchangeably in the same context, indicating that the writer saw no difference at all in meaning between the two.
With graphs or lists of data I noticed the usage "in accordance to" where I would have used "according to", as in "We are listing the participants according to age" written as "in accordance to age".
My dictionary lists "accordant to" and "accordant with" as possibilities, as well as "accordance with", but not "accordance to".
Perhaps it depends whether the writer feels "accordance" is more related like "compliance" or "conformance". We can comply with the rules, or we can conform to the rules. Feelings aside, for me it will always be "in accordance with"!
Anonymous:The fact that there are 191K hits on Google with an incorrect phrase means nothing. Do a search on "irregardless." (462K hits)
When you are saying that something is happening in following with something the phrase is "in accordance with," as in, "In accordance with the rules of the English language, you should use 'with' instead of 'to' in this phrase."
The confusion with the preposition in this phrase comes from the unrelated phrase, "according to," as in "According to this Web site, I should use 'in accordance with.'" ;-)
I hope this helps!
Anonymous:I agree that the Google count is totally irrelevant when it comes to justifying correct grammar.
Anonymous "In accordance with the rules of the English language, you should use 'with' instead of 'to' in this phrase."To add to the confusion, I would suggest this instead:
"According to the rules of the English language, you should use 'to' instead of 'with' in this phrase"
"In accordance with the rules of the English language, you use 'with' instead of 'to' in this phrase"
Note the difference: In the last sentence, the word "should" is omitted.
Anonymous:Sure. There are 191 thousand occurrences of "to" but there are 967 MILLION of "with". So, I guess that settles the matter, sort of.
English is fortunately - or unfortunately for that matter - the real esperanto : so you will find thousands of occurrences which are totally wrong over the Internet. I guess you can trust sites with an Anglo-Saxon URL extension (co.uk, ca, gov.us, etc...) but be really cautious with English terms and phrases on others.
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