01. I didn't really understand the math problem at first, but my friend [explained] it to me, and now it seems pretty clear.
02. Do you have a good [explanation] for why you weren't home last night at midnight?
03. There are many [unexplainable] mysteries in our universe which scientists do not yet understand.
04. You are going to have a lot of [explaining] to do when Dad finds out you took the car without permission.
05. The student apologized for handing in his assignment late, [explaining] that he had been quite sick.
06. He wrote an [explanatory] note regarding his decision to leave the company, and left it on the boss' desk.
07. Please [explain] to me why I shouldn't leave you when you've been having an affair with another woman!
08. He left an [explanatory] note saying he couldn't come to the meeting.
09. Your teacher phoned today to say you were causing problems in class. I think you have some real [explaining] to do!
10. My friend saw you kissing another girl. I want an [explanation].
11. The teacher [explained] the grammar point to the class.
12. Georges Braque once said that there is only one valuable thing in art - the thing you cannot [explain].
13. There is a Spanish proverb which states, "I cried when I was born, and every day [explains] why."
14. You children need to give me a good [explanation] for why you haven't done your homework yet.
15. When learning new vocabulary, in addition to translating it in your notebooks, try [explaining] the word in English.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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