ExpandExpand it’s a verb that alludes to extend, spread or extend. The term is often used to refer to what a person does when develop an in-depth thought or explanation.

For instance: “I wanted to elaborate before the court, but the judges told me that it was not necessary”, “When the meeting was about to come to an end, the manager began to elaborate on the risks of agreement, “I’m sorry, but I can’t elaborate further as I have signed a confidentiality agreement”.

Let’s suppose that an investor organizes a series of meetings with entrepreneurs with the aim of learning about projects that may be interesting for them. When the investor hears any idea That catches your attention, asks your interlocutor to expand and access more information. In this way, the subject intends to invest in the project that he considers most convenient.

There is also talk of elaborating when a person vent telling him a secret to another individual: “Ricardo has always been very reserved, but last night he wanted to expand with me and told me various intimacies about his relationship with María”, “Excuse me, but I do not want to elaborate since I do not want to have problems with my brother”, “I feel a great need to elaborate on this subject that so anguishes me and tortures my soul”.

Explaining, in short, supposes extend a speech. It’s about the action to add more content to an elucidation, emphasizing new details, sensations, opinions, etc. Who expands, spends time to narrate what he is making known.

ExpandThere are people who tend to dwell on any speech, and this can be annoying for some. There are expressions such as “talking up to the elbows”, which serves to describe those who unnecessarily extend conversations, although it is not always about the action of expounding, since it can also respond to the act of jumping from a theme to another without going deep into any of them.

It is important to note that in dictionaries we find a clear difference between the meaning of expand and expatiate: the first is defined as «extend the thought or sight »and we can find it in a sentence like “Marga climbed the hill and, after having recovered her breath, she prepared to widen her gaze to admire the lake and the mountains”; the second is a pronominal verb, and has the meaning expressed in the previous paragraphs, of “adding information when talking about a certain topic.”

The pronominal verbs are those that are composed of an infinitive (the unconjugated form of the verb, which can end in -ar, -er or -to go, according to the paradigms to love, fear and depart) and a reflexive pronoun (I, I, I, I, I, I and I know). Thanks to this merger, the sense of the same points to the subject, that is, they affect him directly: “I’m going to washI teeth”, «Jorge usually expandsI know more than necessary”. In general, these verbs are intransitive, that is, they do not have a direct object.

Other meanings that we can find in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy are listed below. First of all, let’s see the only one that requires the use of the indicative plus a direct object, that is, it presents the verb as transitive: to extend, to widen (in these cases it is also possible to use the verb in its pronominal form, something that makes sense when think of ‘extend a speech«). On the other hand we have three that respond to the verb in its pronominal form: to have fun, to spread; tell someone a secret or intimacy to vent; (colloquial in El Salvador and Venezuela) sit spreading your legs to the point of occupying a large space.