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    Elucidate VS Explain

    These two words have similar meanings but can I use them in the sentence like this?

    John tried to elucidate/explain his problems to Sarah.

    I felt that using the word elucidate in this sentence will make the sentence sound awkward and wrong. Nevertheless, is it correct?

    Thanks for helping once again.

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    Re: Elucidate VS Explain

    "Elucidate" is a a much fancier word. You would not use it for mundane things. You would explain the problems you have with the paper boy. You elucidate on your theory of life.

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