What is the correct way to say

Merci pour le m'expliquer
Merci pour l'expliquer à moi
... ?

If there is a rule that helps me decide, I appreciate it too.

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Neither, the correct sentence is Merci de me l'expliquer.

You use de after merci when it's followed by a verb; pour when it's followed by a noun (merci pour l'explication).

The word order with double pronouns is me + le.

  • Thanks for the clear explanation lkl, was trying to upvote you but apparently I don't have enough points yet or something. French sure has many rules that just need to be memorized it seems, way more than English; though perhaps if I were French and learning English I could say the same, I don't know. EDIT: Would this also work: Merci de l'expliquer à moi?
    – Jlente
    Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 20:14
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    @Jlente It wouldn't. The only way to use "à" this way is if you are namming someone: "Merci de l'expliquer à Matthieu". About upvote, you may not indeed, but you may "accept" the answer.
    – Random
    Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 7:18

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