explain

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪkˈspleɪn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪkˈspleɪn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ik splān)


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explain

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
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  1. explain to [him, your students, your children]
  2. explain in your own words
  3. explain in [great, some] detail
  4. explained at (great) length
  5. explain with [examples, demonstrations]
  6. explain the [situation, problem, issue]
  7. explain the [consequences, risk, possibility] of
  8. explain the [similarities, differences] between
  9. explain your [comments, remarks]
  10. explain your [stance, point of view, opinion]
  11. (trying to) explain it to [him]
  12. (how do you) explain such a [difference, gap, loss, drop]
  13. explain such a [rude, silly, foolish] comment
  14. explain away the [mistake, error, fault]
  15. is [difficult, impossible, tricky] to explain away
  16. [difficult] to explain away [the, this]
  17. [cannot, can, can only] be explained [scientifically, through, by]
  18. [which, that] [cannot] be explained
  19. explained [above, below, here]
  20. had it explained to me (by)
  21. needs it (to be) explained to her
  22. [difficult, impossible, easy] to explain
  23. [let me, allow me to, I can] explain
  24. explain [how, why, when, where]
  25. explain yourself (to)
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