explain
explain(
ihk
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spleyn
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make clear)
a. explicar
Please explain to me the reasoning behind your argument.Por favor, explícame el razonamiento detrás de tu argumento.
b. aclarar
I don't understand this concept. Could you explain it to me?No entiendo este concepto. ¿Me lo podrías aclarar?
2. (to be the cause of)
a. explicar
Is there any traumatic experience from his past that explains his reaction?¿Existe alguna experiencia traumática de su pasado que explica su reacción?
b. justificar
Her upbringing explains her rebellious behavior.Su crianza justifica su comportamiento rebelde.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to make clear)
a. explicar
I know you're angry, but if you would just let me explain you'd understand everything.Sé que estás enojada, pero si me dejarías explicar entenderías todo.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to make oneself clear)
a. explicarse
If you allow me to explain myself, you'll see that I'm innocent.Si permites que me explique, verás que soy inocente.
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explain
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (rule, theory)
a. explicar
to explain oneselfexplicarse
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (general)
a. explicarse
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explain [ɪksˈpleɪn]
transitive verb
(make clear) [+meaning, problem] explicar; [+plan] explicar; exponer; [+mystery] explicar; aclarar; (account for) [+conduct] explicar; justificar
I explained it to him se lo expliqué; that explains it eso lo explica; con eso queda todo aclarado; to explain o.s. (clearly) explicarse; (morally) justificarse; defenderse; kindly explain yourself! ¡explíquese Vd!
intransitive verb
will you call him and explain? ¿le llamas tú y se lo explicas?; I tried to explain, but ... intenté explicárselo, pero ...
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