Grammar notes: phrasal verbs a-b
account forsomethingto explainto give an explanation for somethingWell, how do youaccount forthe fact that there's £20,000 missing?
There'sa lot of moneynotaccounted for.
to include in a calculation or on a listIt'll cost more once you'veaddedthe VATon.
Buying a house is very expensive after you'veadded onthe solicitor's costs.
OK, so we need a printer, a scanner and a webcam. What about speakers?Addthemon tothe list as well.
addsomethingupto total by addingadd upto be satisfactory when you think about itI'veaddedall my expensesupand you owe me £250.
They say the company is very successful and there aren't any problems with staff, suppliers or customers. Butthey're selling it at a very low price. It just doesn'tadd up.back downto abandon your position in an argumentThe argument lasted for hours because neither of them wouldback down.Hebacked downwhen it became clear that nobody else supported him.back out(of something)
to break an agreementto not do what you said you wouldThe two companies were going to merge, but one of thembacked outat the last minute.One companybacked out of the dealbecause of rumours about the other company's finances.
to supportEveryonebackedhimupwhen he complained about the conditions at work.
I'll listen to your complaints about the conditions at work when you have some evidence tobackthemup.
Whenever you write a new report, remember tobackitupon CD.