What is an Explanation?

Try this task to understand more about Explanations.

Task 1

Listen to the discussion between a student (S) and a lecturer (L) and use the words given to fill in the blanks. You can listen to the recording above as many times as you want and you can pause it if you need more time to put the answers into the spaces.

Exercise

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it's Ok.

:)) I liked the dialogue itself and the meaning of a prisoner in it. Thank you and thanks again. I have a question. Choosing a word for the concept of meaning, the translator program has issued a lot of words that express this concept. These words - significancy, the meaning of existence, hang, sound, spirit, values, power indirectly, notation, semantics, dots, sense, import, significance and meaning. Which of these most accurately reflects the value 'of this concept?

Hello inside,

I'm not sure that I understand your question. Most words can be used in several different ways, and so it's difficult to say which word is best without knowing the context you want to use it in. If you explain the context, then we'll be happy to try to help you.

Have you tried looking up the word 'meaning' in an English dictonary, for example, in our Cambridge Dictionaries (see the search box below)? There you can see examples of the word in English sentences, and I expect that may help you choose the correct word more accurately than a translation programme.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

:)) Thank you very much, Mr. Kirk for your response. Speaking of sense, I had the following in mind. Here's an example. There is an object that we call a cat. There is the word cat. And finally, there is an explanation, which gives us the knowledge of what it is. This is a small animal with four legs, it has a tail, she loves milk, is afraid of dogs, and so on. :) What word is most definitely expresses the concept of meaning in this context?

Thanks again.

Hello inside,

You're welcome! This is a very interesting question, but I'm afraid that this kind of question goes beyond what we do here at LearnEnglish. It sounds like you might be asking about the difference between denotation and connotation. You might want to take a look at the wikipedia entry on semantics, which discusses this difference and semantics in general - I think this might help you learn more about this kind of issue.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Mr. Kirk.

by doing this exercise we can also improve our listening to some extend.

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