- according1. according as.This is now well established as a subordinating conjunction meaning ‘depending on whether, to the extent to which’, despite Fowler's long warning (1926) against its use: e.g.
• Llanaba Castle presents two quite different aspects, according as you approach it from the Bangor or the coast road —Evelyn Waugh, 1928
• Glass plates of equal thickness behave quite differently, according as they contain lead or not —Laura Otis, 2002.2. according to.This is used as a complex preposition, and means (a) in a manner that is consistent with (something), e.g. His schemes are not going according to plan, (b) as stated by (a person or authority), e.g. According to our records, the account is in credit
• I have acted according to my conscience —Anthony Blunt, 1979
• (with an element of uncertainty or disbelief) According to them, we're supposed to stay at home, (c) in a manner or degree that is in proportion to (something), e.g. Arrange the blocks according to size and colour
• My price varied from twenty to fifty pounds according to the neighbourhood and the customer —Graham Greene, 1966.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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