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What is Exposition Writing

12.1 Types of Exposition

  • Description – The author explains a particular topic by showing characteristics, features, and examples.
  • Comparison – The author shows how two or more topics are alike.
  • Contrast – The author shows how two or more topics are different.
  • Cause and Effect – The author demonstrates the cause while showing the effects of the cause.
  • Problem and Solution – The author explains a problem, then explores possible solutions.
  • Analytical – The author evaluates a topic or argument revealing its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Classification – The author sorts things into useful categories, makes sure all the categories follow a single organizing principle, and gives examples that fit into each category.
  • Sequence – The author lists items or events in numerical or chronological order.

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Expression and Inquiry by Chris Manning, Sally Pierce, and Melissa Lucken is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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