Writing to inform, explain and describe

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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

Useful techniques

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.

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