11 Mar 2011 redi   » (Master)

Hi, fzort! I don't even see all those diaries from proclus thanks to the rating system.

Sorry, parsing English is even more ambiguous than parsing C++.

The transitive verb "explain" can have a direct object (the thing being explained) and an indirect object (the recipient of the explanation.) "She explained me" makes "me" the direct object, that is, the thing being explained. "She explained something to me" has "something" as the direct object and "me" as the indirect object. "Tell" can be used the same way: "She told something to me" is correct, but so is "she told me something" -- but that's not the case for "explain." I'm not sure why but the difference might be because "explain" comes from Latin and "tell" comes from Anglo-Saxon, which have different grammar.

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