Essay: How to write the major types of essay

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Phrase: Types of Phrase Clause explained with its types Essay: How to write the major types of essay Nouns and Adjectives: Examples of nouns formed from adjectives Meaning and Examples of Homonyms Idioms and Examples of Idioms Synonyms: Meaning and examples of synonyms Figures of Speech: Meaning, examples and types of figure of speech Relative pronouns and compound relative pronouns explained with examples Transitive and Intransitive Verbs explained with examples Phrase explained with examples Essay: Formal, Semi-Formal and Informal Essays explained

Academic Questions in English

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For this question and the three questions below, choose the option that best completes the sentence.

The doctor _____ the illness as malaria, not dysentery.

  • A. Discovered

  • B. Diagnosed

  • C. Tested

  • D. Examined

  • E. Announced

  • F. Prescribed

The principal reacted to the disrespectful action of the student with strong _____.

  • A. Indignation

  • B. Condemnation

  • C. Accusation

  • D. Demonstration

  • E. Mobilization

  • F. Impunity

Since the writer did not indicate his name, the editor did not publish such a/an _____ article.

  • A. Poor

  • B. Libellous

  • C. Discourteous

  • D. Impolite

  • E. Anonymous

  • F. Scandalous

The play was so interesting that the _____ clapped for a long time at the end.

  • A. Congregation

  • B. Fans

  • C. Spectators

  • D. Audience

  • E. Watchers

  • F. People

Answer true of false with regards to the sentence below:

'Humility' is a noun and 'Humble' is an adjective

  • A. True

  • B. False

A part of a sentence or clause that contains a verb and something concerning the subject within that sentence is termed a/an _____.

  • A. Predicate

  • B. Object

  • C. Adverbial clause

  • D. Adverbial phrase

  • E. Half clause

  • F. Body of adverbial clause

The acronym Wi-Fi stands for _____.

  • A. Wireless Files

  • B. Wireless Flips

  • C. Wireless Fidelity

  • D. Wireless Freedom

  • E. Wireless and Free

  • F. Wireless Fun

The words massacre and bloodbath are _____.

  • A. Antonyms

  • B. Synonyms

  • C. Homonyms

  • D. Homophones

  • E. Heteronyms

  • F. Heterophone

Types of Essays:

As students, we will be required to write various types of essay especially at the primary and secondary levels of education. An understanding on what an essay entail will aid you to better write the appropriate kind of contents for that type of essay.

In this article, you will be guided on the appropriate contents to be written in each of the respective types of essay.

By definition, an essay is a piece of writing on a particular subject with an expression of one's perspective.

Please read on the concepts of formal, informal and semi-formal essays here.

Generally, there are four types of essays depending on what you intend to pass to the reader. These are:


1. Narrative Essay

As a student, think of narrative essay as telling or narrating a story through a piece of writing.

This kind of essay could be personal, real or imaginative, thus giving you a chance to be creative while expressing yourself through writing.

Please read on a narration of the biblical account of human disobedience here.

Your goal in writing a narrative essay will be to involve (and engage) the reader into your essay, as if they were right there during the events of your story.

It is important to emphasize the need to make your narrative essay appear more like a reality. It should be clear and unambiguous for the reader to comprehend.

  • If you are very good at telling stories, then writing a narrative essay should be your strong point.

Importantly, always remember to create scenes that will capture the attention of the reader in this type of essay.

Please read on the narrative summary of "the gods are not to blame" here.


2. Descriptive Essay

If you are good at describing objects, people, places and things, then descriptive essays should be easier for you.

The way and manner at which you paint the picture of what you are describing is very important in a descriptive essay. Meanwhile, one way to go about this is to capture the 'sense organs' of the reader through your writing.

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As the writer, you must paint a clear picture through your writings. The nature of your writings can even make the reader feel emotional as he or she reads on. To this end, the reader may end in 'tears of joy' if you had described a touching story through an engrossing write-up. In this regard, the perfect manner at which you had described certain contents in your writing in paramount. The point is:

The reader is meant to feel the emotions you felt while writing this kind of essay.

Please read on a story that describes Joseph here.

A properly written descriptive essay should give the reader a clear picture of whatever you are describing. The reader understands the events of your story through a properly written descriptive essay.

Please read on a description story of 'the true meaning of honesty' here.


3. Expository Essay

Thorough investigation is required before one writes an expository essay.

As the name suggests, this essay attempts to expose the hidden details about an event or occurrence. An expository essay is always based on examples, pictures, facts and statistics.

Please read on an exposition of the harmful traditional practices in Nigeria here.

As a writer, you must carry out some research through careful analysis, comparisons and examples on the subject or topic to be written on. You may want to compare and contrast your points or find previous occurrences and relevant examples to corroborate the truth or fact you intend to expose through your writing.

An expository essay should include evidences. In fact, it is these evidences that exposes the truth on your subject of writing. These evidences could be logical, statistical, factual or pictorial.

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Through various expository essays, we have seen certain government officials, lecturers, financial mismanagement and evil practices exposed through carefully written articles backed up with facts.

Note: An expository essay is sometimes referred to as an explanatory essay.


4. Argumentative Essay

An argumentative essay is generally written when there are two or more sides to a debate or story.

Understand that whatever has an advantage is also likely to have a disadvantage too. Your ability to put valuable points into writing will go a long way in argumentative essays.

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As a writer, you will try to convince the reader to accept your point of view on the argument you present. Also, all your points must be backed up with facts and examples.

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When writing an argumentative essay, do not present your facts in a flat manner; rather they should be carefully arranged in a logical order. To achieve this, always attempt to initially present both sides of the argument, but at the end, It's your logically presented facts that will get the reader on your side of the argument.

An argumentative essay is also known as persuasive essay. The goal of this essay is to persuade or convince the reader into accepting your side of a story.

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Amazing facts in English

The word pangram refers to a sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet. Below is an example of a pangram:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

The word Paraskevidekatriaphobia means the fear of Friday the 13th, while Triskaidekaphobia means an extreme fear of the number 13

Angry and Hungry are the only two English words that currently ends in '-gry'

The only English word with five consecutive vowels is 'queueing'

The dot on the top of letter ‘i’ is called a tittle

The sentence below uses every letter in the English alphabet:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

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The furry tufts of hair inside a cat's ear are called ear furnishings

There are only four words in the English language that end in 'dous'. These are:

  • Tremendous 

  • Horrendous

  • Stupendous

  • Hazardous

The only English word that ends with the letters 'mt' is dreamt and its derivatives; that is: undreamt, daydreamt, and redreamt

Los Angeles is America's second largest city. It's original name is 'El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula'. In English language, this means: 'Town of our Lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciúncula'

Notable points in English

Homonyms are words with the same spellings, same sounds but different meanings.

Below are some sentences containing homonyms with their respective meanings:

  • Keen

We have a keen match against Ronaldo’s team and Messi seems to be keen.

Keen: An involvement of people competing very hard for something.

Keen: Very interested in something.

  • Tear

Regardless the tear you shed, Mr. Frank will still tear your examination scripts.

Tear: The drop of liquid that comes out from a person's eye when they cry.

Tear: To damage something by pulling or cutting it apart.

  • Jot

There isn't any jot of truth in what he said, so I didn't jot anything down.

Jot: A very small amount of something

Jot: To write something quickly

Please read more on homonyms here

Certain words in English language appear to be similar but are quite different in meaning.

The table below shows some examples:











Synonyms should not be confused with the above instance. They are different words with similar meanings.

Please read more on synonyms here.

Some words always exist in the plural form. Examples of such words are:

  • Scissors
  • Shears
  • Alms
  • News
  • Trousers

Possessive adjective tells you the owner of a thing. For instance;

This is his car.

'His' in the above statement is describing him as the owner of the car; and this makes 'his' a possessive adjective.

That is your bag.

'Your' is a possessive adjective in the above statement.

Note: An adjective is a word that describes a noun.

Possessive pronouns show possession.

A possessive pronoun will always correspond with each of the personal pronouns. For Instance:

I own the book. ('I' is a personal pronoun)

The book is mine. ('Mine' is the possessive pronoun)

She owns a car. ('She' is a personal pronoun)

The car is hers. ('Hers' is the possessive pronoun)