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Which would one say and is there a difference?

1 We either do it this way or that way according to/depending on...

2. You are seated according to the card you are given/depending on the card you are given.

When do you use DEPENDING ON and when ACCORDING TO?

Can you say the following ?


  • Occupational physicians are distributed according to where the money is even more than according to where the hazard is.
    Thank you
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I'll try.

Depending on: when there is a choice

Depending on your how you feel, choose one of the options.

We will make our decision about the picnic depending on the weather.

You may or not be admitted, depending on the number of people already in the theatre.

According to: in the order, acceptance

He handed out the test papers according to the score (low to high).

You will be seated according to the alpha-listing on the card.

For the photograph, will everyone please get in rows according to your height.

[I'm sure other native gurus will be able to improve on this.]
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Thanks Philip

so are my corrections fine. Can you sometimes use BOTH like in the second sentence, both seem to work???

1. We either do it this way or that way according to/depending on... DEPENDING ON

2. You are seated according to the card you are given/depending on the card you are given. BOTH

and is the 3 sentences i posted 2 days ago fine or not??

thank you Philip

1. depending on

2. Some might use either; I prefer according to because of the order in which we'll be seated.

I corrected some sentences that you posted a couple of days ago. If you can't find them, go to your profile and look for recent postings.