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What's the difference between:

1 Teach your son how to be accountable?

2 Teach your son to be accountable?

If I can use the second one when can I omit "how"?

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  • 1 concerns the manner of achieving the goal. 2 simply concerns the goal itself. The choice depends on your intention. Dec 22, 2020 at 0:44

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Those two sentences have significantly different meanings.

1 Teach your son how to be accountable?

2 Teach your son to be accountable?

1 says to teach your son the method of being accountable. The techniques that support accountability.

2 says to teach your son the value of being accountable. That is, that he ought to be accountable. Quite different

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  • twp, hav, toi, beoing? Started celebrating early? Dec 22, 2020 at 1:01
  • @old, no, poor typist, now having some vision issues which makes me worse. Dec 22, 2020 at 2:58
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    I'm sorry to hear that. If I notice any errors I'll just quietly correct them. Dec 22, 2020 at 3:57

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