pedir explicaciones

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pedir explicaciones
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to press for an explanation)
a. to demand an explanation from
El accidente se debió a un error que nunca debiera haberse producido y, como es natural, pediremos explicaciones a los responsables.The accident was due to a mistake that should never have happened, and of course, we'll demand an explanation from those responsible.
b. to ask to explain
Por favor, no me pidas explicaciones. Lo hice instintivamente, sin pensar.Please don't ask me to explain. I did it instinctively, without thinking.
c. to call to account
La oposición pidió explicaciones al gobierno por lo ocurrido.The opposition called the government to account for what had happened.
d. to bring to account
Cuando el proyecto fracasó, la empresa pidió explicaciones a los que habían estado a cargo del mismo.When the project fell through, the company brought to account those who had been in charge.
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Despareció dinero de la caja y el jefe le pidió explicaciones a la pobre dependienta.Money went missing from the till and the boss asked the poor saleswoman to account for it.
A mí nadie me pide explicaciones, y menos tú.No one asks me to justify my actions, least of all you.
2. (to question invoices or figures; used with "sobre")
a. to query
Uno de nuestros clientes nos pidió explicaciones sobre una factura. Dice que nos equivocamos al calcular el precio total.One of our customers queried an invoice. He says we miscalculated the total price.
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