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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:33:10 AM

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Mrs. Henderson understands keeping accounts very well.

Does it mean that he knows how to keep accounts well?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:57:22 AM

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You wouldn't say that.

She knows how to keep accounts.

The understands accounting.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:19:08 AM

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Maybe I wouldn't but it's is said in a grammar book.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:09:07 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
Mrs. Henderson understands keeping accounts very well.

Does it mean that he knows how to keep accounts well?


That's how I would interpret it as saying. However, it sounds very informal and I'd be surprised to see it in a grammar book. I would have expected something a little more formal such as:

Mrs. Henderson understands the keeping of accounts very well. But that sounds overly formal.

Better, I think might be: Mrs. Henderson understands how to manage accounts very well. I suppose it depends, of course, on the writer.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 11:47:51 AM

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Any explanation how these two differ?

Mrs. Henderson understands the keeping of accounts very well.
Mrs. Henderson understands keeping of accounts very well.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:42:33 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
Any explanation how these two differ?

They're very similar. Both say she understands how to do accounting, and how to keep the ledgers/computer accounts in good order. However, the first one is much better at saying that because of the wording, "the keeping" of the accounts. That wording means what I just described, and because it has a more formal sound, would likely be preferred in both writing and speech. "the keeping" conveys the idea of "Mrs. Henderson understands the (subject/job/work) of keeping accounts correctly".

The second one is almost exactly the same as your original: "Mrs. Henderson understands keeping accounts very well". You only added one word, "of".

Saying "keeping" accounts, and "keeping of" accounts is virtually the same thing, but is more informal.


Mrs. Henderson understands the keeping of accounts very well.
Mrs. Henderson understands keeping of accounts very well.
Bathcoup
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:43:37 PM
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"keeping accounts" is a term frequently used in business, banking ..., it refers to managing the accounts of the customers/clients/members etc. It is not dissimilar to "bookkeeping".
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