Write- up vs essay vs report I heard a teacher telling students to write up sth.and she also said " write up" as a noun. I wondered if it is synonymous with essay or report. Or it is simply a general idea of a piece of writing Thanks
Nov 28, 2016 9:46 PM
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Hi emarbe, A write-up is synonymous with a report: it's a written account, in particular a newspaper article giving an opinion or review of an event, performance, or product. You can also use a write-up to document a process. An essay is slightly different as it should make some kind of argument. Best wishes, Jon
November 28, 2016
An essay is a well-written presentation of an idea. It is a literary form. You may find an essay to be interesting even if it's not on a topic that normally interests you. "John McPhee writes brilliant essays. Many of them have appeared in The New Yorker, and collections of them have appeared in book form." A report is a collection of facts, to be delivered to someone who needs them. It is a piece of useful non-fiction. Because it is supposed to be accurate, it will be written carefully, with good spelling and grammar, but not artistically. A report may be boring if you don't need the information in it. "Because I own shares of GE, I get the GE annual report every year. I know I really ought to read the thing and look at the balance sheet, but I just throw it in the recycle bin." "Write-up" is an informal word. To "write something up" means to put something into writing. A "write-up" is the result. Boss to employee: "Thanks, I understand--but so that I won't forget, please send me a write-up." Parent to another parent: "I see Alan got a nice write-up in the paper for getting an award in the art contest."
November 29, 2016
A write-up and a report are somewhat similar, but a write-up is a little less formal, a little less comprehensive, a little less detailed, and probably a little shorter than a report. (for example, I would probably include a bibliography in a report. I probably wouldn't include one in a write up.)
November 28, 2016
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