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How to answer: Describe, discuss or explain August 22, 2006

Posted by Steve Stander in Writing.
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Describe
requires an answer that says what something is like, how it works and so on.
Discuss
requires an answer that explains an item or concept, and then gives details about it with supportive information, examples, points for and against, and explanations for the facts put forward. It is important to give both sides of an argument and come to a conclusion.
Explain
requires an answer that offers a rather detailed and exact explanation of an idea or principle, or a set of reasons for a situation or attitude.
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1. Amar - September 12, 2012

Hi,

How would one tackle a question that says “Comment” or “Examine”?

Thanks,


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