What's the difference between explaining and explanatory?
I've looked in the dictionary and the translations are the same. Are they synonyms?
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I'm going to explain my answer, even though I find the dictionary to be explanatory.
You often explain something. However, when you go to choose 'best answer', you're going to find their answer explanatory.
So, explain is something you do, whereas explanatory describes what is.
I am going to explain this answer one last time.
I write this answer explaining what the difference is.
After writing this, I find this to be an explanatory answer.