English Language > Writing > Writing to inform, explain and describe
Writing to explain
To explain means to make clear, show the meaning or to account for.
When explaining, you should remember:
- who you're writing to
- why you're writing to them, eg
"being fair is a good quality in a carer because..."
Genre - could be explaining a set of data, a speech, or how a mechanism works
Audience - could be anyone
Purpose - to explain, to make clear and show the meaning/to account for something
Style - formal or informal
Writing to explain is generally in the third person and in the past or present tense. Use clear and factual language. Give a balanced view with evidence for any points made. Use connectives of comparison, eg whereas, though, while, unless, equally, however.