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    #1

    Who elucidates?

    Is it the speaker, as in, "He elucidated little specific information."? (meaning he didn't communicate well, or was vague)
    Or is it the listener, as in, "I was able to elucidate little by what he said."?

    Putting it another way, does he elucidate what he means for me to understand, or do I elucidate what he means for me to understand?

    Can it be either?

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    #2

    Re: Who elucidates?

    Only the speaker elucidates.

    elucidate
    v.

    to make clear or understandable, esp. by explaining:
    The teacher elucidated the difficult passages in the novel.
    (Collins)

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