算 vs 算了

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"算" could mean to "count", or "be counted as", "to amount to".

  • 他算个作家。"He can be counted as a writer."
  • 这钱就算我借给你的。"Let's say that this money is lent to you."
  • N + 算什么? = what does N amount to? What's the big deal with N?

算了

"算了" means "forget it."

Source: HSK 5 Standard Course 5上, Lesson 9, Notes 1.