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Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
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Jennifer who works at a News Magazine television show asks...
My friend and I are having a fight over the correct use of the word "elaborate". he used it in the following sentence: "We will elaborate it to him". I told him that you can't elaborate to something or someone. you can only elaborate on something. Who is correct and why?
Anne answers...
Webster's Dictionary notes that when you use the verb 'elaborate' to mean "providing much detail in writing or speaking," it is followed by on or upon. Consequently, your friend needs to say, "We will elaborate on it to him." Hopefully he's a gracious grammarian and your fight is over.
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