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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Precis Writing



Precis Writing Definition and Rules :
 A précis is a concise summary of the essential points, statements or facts. Précis writing is an art of compression. The gist of a Passage enables the reader to grasp main points. It should be brief, lucid, concise and comprehensive. The précis is meant to express only main idea or theme leaving out all unimportant details and illustrations. As for the length of précis there is no rigid rule but generally it should not contain more than one third of the number of words in the original passage.
 Précis writing should help the reader to understand passage properly and group its meaning quickly and accurately. It is an excellent training in concentration of attention. It is also good exercise in writing compositions as it teaches the student to express his thoughts clearly, concisely, orderly and effectively.


Rules For Precis Writing: 
  
 Précis writing involves intense brain work. While writing précis the following points should be kept in mind:
  • Read the passage thoroughly to get the general 'idea, then read it carefully again and again to have clarity till you understand its subject and what is said about the subject.
  • Give a short title to passage, which will express its subject.
  •  Write down the main points in proper sequence in the form of outline. Read more

Precis Writing Exercises :
Write a precis in one-third words of the following Paragraph and give suitable title.
 I am quite aware that it is not the highest type of man who has moderate ambitions. The really great man is immoderate in his claims upon life but that is because he is conscious of his power to give to life in return of incomparable services.
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 Precis Writing Examples :
 A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. It tends to turn the head of its owner. The persons with shallow attainments look down those of lesser attainment and want to be admired and respected by others. They parade their knowledge. This is more noticeable in women and lower classes where once they acquire knowledge, it is beneath their dignity to pursue former occupations. Some people have different views and think that knowledge leads to efforts and attainment of further knowledge for betterment. But these type of persons are rare. Read more.

Precis writing essay:
Good Manners:
''We are the leaves of a tree, and tree is all humanity. We can not live without the other, without the tree.'' Pable Casals.It is the manners, which separate the man from the animal. In fact the word 'manner'' is derived from 'man.' That means, it is a basic trait of the man. A person without manners can hardly deserve to be called a human being. No one likes the company of such a person, and gradually he is isolated and becomes aloof in the society. Read more.

Health is Wealth:
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty. In form, in moving, how expressive and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension. How like a God! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.''Read more.

Human Body:
Human body is a wonderful machine. It performs several  functions without rest. From the birth, our body continues to work, without stopping for a second.The main organs of the human body are lungs, heart, kidney, liver and brain. These organs work together which are controlled by the brain. Each system carries out a major function. Read more.  

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