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    Default Could you explain this to / for me?

    What is the difference between the following two sentences?

    Could you explain this to me?
    Could you explain this for me?

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    Default Re: Could you explain this to / for me?

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    In normal usage, they are synonymous: Y wishes to receive an explanation from X. The second form could also mean that Y wishes X to offer an explanation to Z on Y's behalf.

    Here are alternative constructions for your two sentences:

    Could you give an explanation to me?
    Could you give an explanation for my benefit?

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