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How do I write an expository essay?

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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM via iOS

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How do I write an expository essay?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 8, 2012 at 11:55 PM (Answer #1)

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"Expository" means to "state in detail"; it may be thought of as "explanatory." An expository essay is written to give a very detailed and thorough explanation about the subject of the essay. The author of an expository essay should assume that the reader of the essay has no background knowledge of the subject and should provide all the explanation needed for that person to acquire a basic understanding of the subject.

Begin your essay with a statement identifying what you are going to explain through the essay. If you are describing a procedure or process, it will be very important that you present each step in order so that the reader can understand how to proceed through the process.

The purpose of an expository essay is to present information. The exact format of your essay will vary, depending on whether you are reporting on research you have done, presenting directions to reproduce an experiment, recording a conversation and reactions during a meeting, or for some other reason.


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