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    inexplicable and unexplained

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please explain the differences between inexplicable and unexplained? I found they are confusing.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: inexplicable and unexplained

    inexplicable
    Something has an explanation but it's difficult or impossible to explain.

    unexplained
    Something cannot be explained; it doesn't have an explanation, yet.

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    Re: inexplicable and unexplained


    Dear Cas,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. As to "inexplicable" may I say I know the explanation but for certain reasons, say I can't express it?

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    inexplicable
    Something has an explanation but it's difficult or impossible to explain.

    unexplained
    Something cannot be explained; it doesn't have an explanation, yet.

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    Re: inexplicable and unexplained

    You're welcome.

    It would depend on the context. Something that's inexplicable is something that can't easily be explained. If one can't explain it because it's either difficult or impossible to explain, then I guess saying "I can't explain it because . . . " would work in that context.

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    Re: inexplicable and unexplained


    Dear Cas,
    Thank you very much for your further explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    You're welcome.

    It would depend on the context. Something that's inexplicable is something that can't easily be explained. If one can't explain it because it's either difficult or impossible to explain, then I guess saying "I can't explain it because . . . " would work in that context.

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