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    Cool explain him

    Hello!

    Can we ever use the verb "to explain" without the preposition "to" after?

    E.g: Explain him the situation.

    Thank you!
    Will

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    Default Re: explain him

    Wrong: Explain him the situation.
    Correct: Explain the situation to him.

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    Default Re: explain him

    It is the kind of thing you will hear people using in colloquial speech, but Sunsunmoon's version is always correct.

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    Default Re: explain him

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is the kind of thing you will hear people using in colloquial speech, but Sunsunmoon's version is always correct.
    I have never heard a native speaker say anything like "explain him the situation". Is it common?

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    Default Re: explain him

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I have never heard a native speaker say anything like "explain him the situation". Is it common?
    I've also never heard it.

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    Default Re: explain him

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I've also never heard it.
    I have, but more like this "Explain 'im the situation will yer"

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