Q. What is the difference between an essay and a report?
Essays differ from reports in a number of ways:
- Essays require a different format or layout and a different style of writing; An essay requires the writer to argue, defend or justify a point of view with respect to a particular topic or question. To this end, essays require cohesive arguments embedded in complete and well-considered sentences and paragraphs.
- In essays, bullet points and short phrases should be avoided, each new sentence should link to the previous one and each paragraph should link to the previous or next one.
- In essays, headings are not normally used so each new idea needs to be introduced within the paragraph structure.
- A report is used to provide concise information, and in some cases, opinions on a specific subject.
- A report should be structured so that readers are guided through the main points. All relevant information should be included so that readers will have a clear understanding of the key issues concerned.
- Within reports new paragraphs or ideas can often be sequenced with headings.
- Most reports follow a fairly standard format, but report layout may vary depending on the intended audience.
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