12 Mar 2013

Key Words in Essay Questions: What Do They Mean?

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Understand what the question is asking you to do!

Argue = persuade someone of one viewpoint.

Argue both sides = explore both viewpoints

Advise = for English, make suggestions, explore possibilities, explain how it can be done

Describe = list what it is / what happens

Discuss = write about all aspects of; find two sides to the argument

Explain = explain how or why it happens

Explore = write about all aspects of

Give evidence = quote, give examples, explain rules (depending on the Subject)