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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 12:44:02 PM
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Thank you for a wonderful explanation or
Thank you for the wonderful explanation.
Please explain which one is correct and why
thar
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 12:56:26 PM

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Both, either - now you say why!
What do you want to express?

What might be implied by calling it an explanation?


That was a wonderful explanation.
Thankyou for a wonderful explanation.



Thankyou for the wonderful explantation (the explanation which you have just given us).
Romany
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 12:58:52 PM
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It doesn't matter which one you use - it's a 'good manners' phrase. So what's important is that you are politely thanking someone - no-one's going to parse it or puzzle over it.

However, strictly-speaking "Thank you for THE wonderful explanation" would mean 'You've given me lots of explanation before but this one - the explanation here - was a wonderful one, however." But its doubtful whether the average English speaker would even know that!
woops! Thar's must have appeared while I was writing.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 12:59:09 PM
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A wonderful explanation- suggests there are more different types of explanation and wonderful explanation is one of them
The wonderful explanation suggests there is one and only one explanation exists and that is "wonderful explanation"
Please verify and correct my understanding
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 1:05:17 PM

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Thank you for the wonderful explanation is correct.

The wonderful explanation means the only, correct, existing and the definite explanation.

A wonderful stands for 'one of the many'. IMO.
I am subject to correction.

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
thar
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 1:08:04 PM

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'The' doesn't necessarily say it is the only one - it is the explanation that you have just given us.

But by saying 'an' explanation, you could be implying there could be others. A lot will depend on the level of enthusiasm in your voice, or the tone of the rest of a written piece.


If you want to express it clearly, you need another structure. Because in that structure 'the' defines 'the explanation you have just given'.

If you want to e press different ideas, you need a different structure:

That is one explanation - I am sure other people have other explanations.

I am sure that is the explanation. You must be right.



Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 1:28:34 PM

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Hi!
I would read them (really) to mean the same thing - a very nice acknowledgement. As Romany says, no-one is going to puzzle over the meaning.

If I were to look thoroughly and deeply into the meaning of each word, I would say that the difference is this:

Thank you for a wonderful explanation.
- two meanings, with a slight difference.
You have given many wonderful explanations (of different things) and this is one of these wonderful explanations. Thank you.
You have given many explanations (of different things) and this one is wonderful. Thank you.


Thank you for the wonderful explanation.
You have given an explanation (which we both know, or can both see), and it is wonderful. Thank you.
It does not say that there have been other explanations, but does not say that there have not been others. It is 'concentrated' just on this one.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
ChrisKC
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:19:08 AM

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I think the word "wonderful" about a given explanation would be rarely actually said by a native English speaker. It isn't grammatically or politically incorrect. An "in" word used often these days is "awesome". Thank you, that was an awesome explanation.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:45:22 AM

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If one is of the age-range and social group to use "awesome" naturally, it really should be pronounced AR-some. Whistle

These days, many people are in this social group, it's a popular word.



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coag
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:29:56 PM

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I like your joke, Drag0nspeaker.

My favorite example of the abuse of "awesome" is this: "Thank you, your Holiness. Awesome speech."

This is what George W. Bush said to Pope Benedict, after the Pope delivered a speech at the White House, on April 16, 2008.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:38:15 PM

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'Awe has reclaimed it's originally meaning of fear (especially of God) - in the unfortunate phrase of 'shock and awe'.


Because 'awesome' and 'awful' are from the same idea. Not in a good way!


Hard to take 'awesome' seriously - especially as British English doesn't do 'overenthusiastic praise' well. Anything better than 'good' is considered too fulsome. Whistle

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:30:36 AM

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thar wrote:
Hard to take 'awesome' seriously - especially as British English doesn't do 'overenthusiastic praise' well. Anything better than 'good' is considered too fulsome. Whistle

That's not a bad comment, thar.
Very true, what?


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