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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    Question [Writer's Option] elaborate: with or without "on"

    In Oxford dictionary, it says:
    He said he was resigning but did not elaborate on his reasons.
    She went on to elaborate her argument.


    "elaborate on his reasons" and "elaborate her argument" both exist.
    How do I interpret the use of "on"?
    Does that mean the use of the preposition is the writer's option?
    Either one is good. And there's no difference?

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    Re: [Writer's Option] elaborate: with or without "on"

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    They mean the same thing to me.

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