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Assignment Instruction Words

Most assignments, reports, and essays contain a crucial keyword, a signal of emphasis or just a plain, straight forward instruction. In the table below is a brief example of only a few of these crucial words.

In the document at the bottom there is a full list of the most common keywords which may help you to interpret your assignment briefs and help you to focus your research.

Analyse Divide into parts and methodically interpret
Compare Look for similarities and differences between two things
Define Give the exact meaning of a word, expression or concept
Evaluate Make an appraisal of the worth of something, in light of its truth or utility; include to a lesser degree your personal opinion, supported by relevant evidence

Assignment Instruction Words

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