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    GoodTaste is offline Key Member
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    "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    What is the difference between "You Got Some Explaining to Do" and "You Got Some Explanation to Do"?

    Since the gerund is present continuing, I get the former means "the explanation is on the way" while the latter is not restricted by the time. I am not sure.

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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    Have you found any examples of "some explanation to do"?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    The main difference is that only 'explaining' is possible here. 'Explanation' is not possible.

    Gerunds aren't continuous, because they're no longer verbs. It simply means you need to explain yourself and/or your actions.
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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    I don't think you can replace explaining with explanation as do does not collocate with explanation. It is either of the following:

    You got some explaining to do.
    You got some explanation to provide/give.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Have you found any examples of "some explanation to do"?

    Google has about 212,000 results for the phrase "some explanation to do" (search with the quotation marks to restrict the results to the phrase).

    Some Explanation to do - YouTube


    Wels... You've got some explanation to do....... - Reddit


    Apparently Nell has some "explanation" to do - storytime ...


    You have some explanation to do - Off Topic Archive - World


    Thelocalsociety - Artzoo have some explanation to do ...


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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    Every example you posted is wrong. I wonder if so many erroneous results isn't the result of some kind of meme, similar to "all your base are belong to us'.

    Edit: Also, all but two of those links are obvious non-native speakers. One of those two I can't confirm, as it's a dead link.
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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    We are not speak English good.

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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Google has about 212,000 results for the phrase [COLOR=#333333]"some explanation to do" (search with the quotation marks to restrict the results to the phrase).
    And it has over five times that number for the explaining form. Always search both ways.

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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    May I be the first to point out that "You got" is also wrong? It should be "You've got ..." or "You have got ...". "You got" is the simple past of "You get". That's not the verb being used in this context. It's "to have got something to do".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "You Got Some Explaining to Do"

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    We are not speak English good.
    What need when our bases is belong to you?

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