By Gerda MenzelOn Apr 15, 2019 Essay Template
A description provides information about some object, person, or state of affairs. It will consist of a series of related sentences. The sentences will each identify the object being defined, and then ascribe some property to that object. "The ball is red," for example, were the ball is the object and red is the property. Descriptions may be of unary properties - like colour, shape, taste, and the like, or it may describe a relation between the object and one or more other objects.
A definition identifies the meaning of some word, phrase or concept. There are different ways to define something. You can define something using words and concepts you already know. Or you can define something by giving a name to something you can point to or describe. Or you can define something indirectly, by giving examples of telling stories. A definition always involves two parts: the word or concept being defined, and the set of sentences (or propositions) that do the defining. Whatever way you decide, this will be the structure of your article if you intend to define something.
The set of sentences, meanwhile, will be organized on one of a few common ways. The sentences might be in chronological order. "This happened, and then this happened," and so on. Or they may enumerate a set of properties (appearance, sound, taste, small, feeling about, and the like). Or they may be elements of a list ("nine rules for good technology," say, or "ten things you should learn"). Or, like the reporters, you may cover the five W: who, what, where, when, why. Or the steps required to write an essay.
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