I was making complex sentences in the class today. There I got stuck in two sentences similar to these:

The percentage of car accidents – which was recorded at 30% – was high.

The percentage of bus accidents – which accounted for 30% of all accidents – was high.

Why is was recorded used in the first sentence and why was is not used with accounted in the second sentence? Grammatically, both seems correct to me.

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    Which was accounted could have been used; had it been, it would have been which was accounted for in 30% of all accidents. Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 9:34

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The only reason seems to be recorded can be used in the passive and the active voice.

Account for is a phrasal verb which is usually not used in the passive voice.

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