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Process word activity

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Match the process words below to the meanings given in the grid on the right. Click 'Show correct answers' to reveal the answers.

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Meaning give the exact meaning of a word or phrase, perhaps examine different possible or often-used definitions
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Correct answer Define
Meaning determine the value of, weigh up – see also Evaluate
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Correct answer Assess
Meaning look at evidence / arguments for and against and weigh them up in terms of their value
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Correct answer How far / to what extent
Meaning set in opposition in order to bring out the differences - you may also note that there are similarities
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Correct answer Contrast
Meaning explain the reasons for / clarify / give reasons for
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Correct answer Give an account of / account for
Meaning resolve into its component parts, examine critically or minutely
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Correct answer Analyse
Meaning look for and show the similarities and differences between examples, perhaps reach a conclusion about which is preferable and justify this
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Correct answer Compare
Meaning give a detailed account of
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Correct answer Describe
Meaning give details about how and why something is so
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Correct answer Explain
Meaning look for differences between
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Correct answer Distinguish / differentiate between
Meaning make a judgement backed by a reasoned discussion of the evidence involved, describe the merit of theories or opinions or the truth of assertions
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Correct answer Criticise
Meaning explain, then give two sides of the issue and any implications
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Correct answer Discuss
Meaning give reasons for a point of view, decisions or conclusions, and mention any main objections or arguments against
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Correct answer Justify
Meaning give a clear, short description, explanation or account, presenting the chief factors and omitting minor details and examples - see also Outline
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Correct answer Summarise
Meaning find some points of common ground between two or more items and show where or how they are different
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Correct answer Compare and contrast
Meaning look in detail at this line of argument
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Correct answer Examine the argument that
Meaning give the main features or general principles of a subject, omitting minor details and emphasising structure and arrangement
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Correct answer Outline
Meaning make an appraisal of the worth / validity / effectiveness of something (but not so that it is your personal opinion and give evidence from course materials - see also Assess
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Correct answer Evaluate
Meaning present in a brief, clear way
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Correct answer State
Meaning make clear and explicit, and give carefully chosen examples
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Correct answer Illustrate

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