I checked on google and it seems that there are a lot of usages like the quoted but is this grammatically right?

  • Ask yourself: what will it be accorded? the answer will be: it will be accorded the confidential info. I do not see a reason to write to before the in this context – Billal Begueradj Jul 22 '18 at 10:14
  • Yes I see it and this is a special usage and case sensitive. Thanks! – Bicky Pan Jul 22 '18 at 10:55
  • What has case got to do with it? – Michael Harvey Jul 22 '18 at 12:59

accorded can take either an object or a prepositional phrase complement. It is a so-called di-transitive verb.

We accorded special treatment to them.

We accorded them special treatment.

them is the entity which benefits from the action, that is, the receiver or recipient or beneficiary of the benefit.

special treatment is the benefit, that which is (duly) given or accorded.

When those sentences are recast in the passive:

Special treatment was accorded to them by us.

Special treatment was accorded them by us.

Special treatment was accorded to them.

Special treatment was accorded them.

They were accorded special treatment by us.

They were accorded special treatment.


'Accorded' and 'accorded to' are both equally correct. Following the verb with 'to' is optional.

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