explain myself to the boss

Peter SLP

Senior Member
Polish
Dear all,

I am not sure which sentence I should use in the following context. I mean mostly the underlined part.
Maybe you would use different phrases.

1. I don't want to explain myself to the boss.
2. I don't want to explain myself before the boss.
 
  • anthox

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Sentence 1 is fine. Sentence 2 is not colloquial in this context. Usually, you explain yourself "to" someone. Only in certain cases do you explain yourself "before" someone, typically in contexts involving legal authority: "I don't want to have to explain myself before a judge/before the tribunal," etc.
     

    Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    You could say (2) if you were explaining yourself to a colleague and the boss was in the same room. However, "... in front of the boss" would be more colloquial in that situation.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I don't want to explain myself to the boss. [Explanation is directed at the boss.]
    I don't want to explain myself before in front of the boss. [Explanation is made in the presence of the boss.]

    Crossed posts with Edgmont
     
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