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Explanations: Vocabulary

Here are some groups of words that commonly occur in Explanations, with examples. Here is some information about the way the information is shown.

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Here are some groups of words that commonly occur in Explanations, with examples from different disciplines. Click on Instructions for more information about the format.

The tasks that follow will help you work with some of these word groups.

Describing location, structure, procedure

as well as the Examples
in the form of Examples
(at) the end of (the) Examples
can be seen (in) Examples
(in) the absence of Examples
(in) the development of Examples
(on) the surface of (the) Examples
at the same time Examples
(is) made up of Examples
the rest of (the) Examples
in the case of Examples

Explaining cause, effect and significance

(this) is due to (the) Examples
as a result of Examples
an important role in
(e.g. to play/take/have an important role in -ing ...)
be able to
(e.g. modal + (not) + ... be able to)
this means that Examples

Reporting what is known or believed

one of the most
(e.g. one of the most important/common/complex/significant)
is thought/considered ... to be Examples


If you are writing an Explanation, you might also find this language useful:

Task 1

Explanations: Describing location, structure, procedure. Drag the group of words into the sentence below.



Task 2

Explanations: Explaining cause, effect and significance. Drag the group of words into the sentence below.



Task 3

Explanations: Reporting what is known or believed. Drag the group of words into the sentence below.




I don't understand how to doing this task. May someone can explainning this task to me ?

Hello Winda Asyuni,

In each task you need to complete the sentences with the right phrases. Click on a phrase and then click on the space where it should go. Click the 'Finish' button when you have finished.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot, Peter. Actually, I asked about how to use the sketch engine. I didn't understand to use it.

Hello Winda Asyuni,

It looks as if the Sketch Engine has changed. The links on this page used to take you to a kind of chart which showed you lots of examples of how the words were used in context in different texts. In the past, you didn't have to have an account with the Sketch Engine for this to work, but that appears to have changed. I'm afraid it's going to take us some time to find out how to make these links work as we'd like them to.

In the meantime, you might want to try doing internet searches for these phrases in inverted commas to see some examples of how they are used. For example, if you want to learn more about 'in the form of', do an internet search using "in the form of" (including the quotation marks/inverted commas) and you can see some examples that way, though they won't necessarily be from academic texts.

Sorry about all this!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


This task is very easy, and known them is very useful, thanks a lot

I found this task so helpful and easy one

That is so difficult I didn't understand nothing from the task Mr.Peter I was using the dictionary all the time and I find it difficult too :(

sorry, I am a new user, I just want to download learnenglish grammer to my cellphone, but I didn't find android vension in your website, haven't you had android vension yet? thank you


If you go to the Apps download page you'll see a link for Google Play, where you can get the android version of the app.

I hope that helps you.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I can't see this video.:l