WOTW: explain

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triplo word of the week - explain


今週の #WOTW は「explain」です。The verb ’explain’ is no stranger to the English language learner, but there is no single way to use it, so let’s have look!


- I don’t understand. Can you explain it? (Make an idea or situation clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts.)

- Explain why you didn’t do your homework, please. (Give a reason so as to justify or excuse an action or event.)

- Japanese food explains the country’s longevity. (Be the cause of or motivating factor for something.)


Now, two interesting ways you can use ‘explain’.


- [explain something away] He couldn’t explain away his role in the government’s unpopular decision. (Minimize the significance of an embarrassing fact or action by giving an excuse or justification.)

- [explain oneself] No, that’s not what I meant. Let me explain myself. (Expand on what one has said in order to make oneself clear.)

- [explain oneself] It doesn’t matter how hard you explain yourself. There’s nothing you could say to make it better. (Excuse or justify one's motives or conduct.)