Hi there,

I am always got confused by the usage involved the words of details, in detail or detailed. Would it be possible for anyone to give me some examples with some kind of explanations? (Please also correct what I say here if there is an error.)

Thanks for your time.

Osee
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She gave me the details of next week's meeting = she gave me the information about the meeting

He explained in detail how the heart works = he gave me lots of very specific information, missing nothing out, about how the heart works

I asked for a detailed explanation of the problem = I asked for an in-depth explanation of the problem (detailed here is used as an adjective)
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OseeHi there,

I am always got confused by the usage involved the words of details, in detail or detailed. Would it be possible for anyone to give me some examples with some kind of explanations? (Please also correct what I say here if there is an error.)

Thanks for your time.

Osee

I will try to make this a detailed explanation.

I will give you some details in the explanation.

I will explain it to you in detail.
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So, details just means info and does not mean detailed info or info in detail? Thanks a lot!
Anonymous:
Hi!
  • In terms of part of speech, "details" functions as a noun, as in the sentence:
The details of the party have yet to be discussed.
  • "Detailed" functions as an adjective. Hence, it is used to describe something, as in the sentence:
The report gave a detailed account of the accident.
  • "In detail" functions as an adverb, particular, adverb of manner. In sentences, "in detail" usually modifies a verb, as in the sentence:
The coach explained the rules of the game in detail. (in detail describes how well the coach EXPLAINED the rules).

Hope this helps!

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Anonymous:
Thanks, great explanation
Anonymous:
Can one say "I will explain it to you in more detail." or "I will explain it to you more in detail."?
#1 is much more common.
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