give or show the meaning of
give or be the reason for; account for
"He explained the laws of physics to his students"
"The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"
"Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"
"Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
He took a card from his pocket...'That will explain to Dr. Everard,' he said.
出自： M. Gray
He was weary from trying to explain ideas to people who could not visualize them.
出自： J. A. Michener
Briers had been explaining to his superiors what he intended to do.
出自： C. P. Snow
The Blackfoot chief..explained how the braves used to drive buffalo.
She explained away the child's fears.
He tried to explain away his lateness, but we didn't accept his excuse.
You will find it difficult to explain away your use of such offensive language.
He thought of a reason to explain away his failure.
John explained away his unfinished task by showing his boss a certificate for sick leave.
The criminal tried to explain away the false signature, but it was clear that he was guilty.
The murder suspect couldn't explain away his fingerprints at the scene.
Such a conclusive evidence is hard to be explained away.
你最好去向老师解释清楚。 explain sth to sb
You should explain this matter to your wife.
Can you explain his behaviour to me?
I will explain my decision to you when I come back.
The speaker tried to explain his meaning to the crowd.
演讲者竭力向听众讲清他的意思。 explain to sb that-clause
I explained to them that three days in Beijing was very little time to see all the sights.
我向他们说明,要把北京风光都看到三天是远远不够的。 explain to sb wh-clause
He explained to us how the machine was used.
You'll have to explain to me why you haven't finished your work.
误 The teacher explained me the difficult point of grammar.
正 The teacher explained the difficult point of grammar to me.
误 Can you explain why he is doing that for me?
正 Can you explain to me why he is doing that?
析 表示“向某人说明某事”可用explain sth to sb 结构,不能用explain sb sth/explain sth for sb 结构。