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    stenicola is offline Newbie
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    explain me or explain to me

    How is correct?

    Please,explain me this sentence.

    OR

    Please, explain to me this sentence.

    Thank you.

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    Re: explain me or explain to me

    Hi, welcome to the forums.

    We usually explain something to somebody.

    If I explain you, I'd be very arrogant, a shrink or something.

    [I am not a teacher]

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    Re: explain me or explain to me

    The verb "explain" has less flexibility than other verbs.

    I can write a letter to you or I write you a letter.
    I can cook a nice meal for you, or I can cook you a nice meal.

    However, I cannot "explain you the sentence," and even "I will explain to you the sentence" isn't very natural -- "I can explain the sentence to you."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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