What is Precise and Do’s and Dont’s in Précis Writing

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What is precise?

Precise is like the epitome of a paragraph: it retains the absolute essentials and is accompanied by the mood and tone of the author of the paragraph. One aspect that needs attention is that you should not add your own subjective explanations or comments in the abstract, but try to keep the original author’s voice and opinions. As far as writing style is concerned, writing should be clear, effective sentences (without clutter) and wording should be perfect. In the final analysis, what is important is the coherence of the ideas presented in the summary, which can be achieved by ensuring that an idea is concise. Unnecessarily long sentences should be avoided, and the transition from one point to another should be smooth and consistent. Finally, the summary should be meaningful and logical in its content and presentation.

Features of a good Precis

  1. Marked by clarity, conciseness and precision.
  2. More than just deleting sentences from the original text.
  3. It should be written in the author’s own words.
  4. It is the epitome of the original paragraph.
  5. There must be a logical sequence and tightly integrated.
  6. There must be continuity. Linking devices must be used, for example, therefore, and, because of further waiting.
  7. The order of thought of the original excerpt must be followed.
  8. Must have a title.
  9. Written in the presentation of the report.
  10. Do not include any details not found in the original.

Do’s and Dont’s of Précis Writing

  • Do’s in a précis:
  1. To start your summary by highlighting the main ideas of the article, you should create a context in which you can place the necessary points.

2. Once the main ideas are established in the summary, you can show the methods, main points, facts, etc. used by the author of the article.

3. Compress and clarify lengthy paragraphs, articles or books, while retaining important concepts, keywords, and important data.

4. Remove the superfluous and retain the core essence of the work.

5. Always remember that references to history should be in the past tense. State the purpose of the research or writing (Why is it important to conduct research or writing on this topic?)

  • Don’ts in a précis:
  1. Do not express your opinions, wishes, comments, or criticisms.
  2. Do not insert any questions in your summary. Its importance, if necessary, can be expressed through a statement.
  3. Do not use abbreviations or contractions.
  4. Don’t waver. This shows that you probably did not understand the meaning of this passage correctly.

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Arbaj Demrot is the founder of VideRime Online Learning, a leading engineering website. He did his BE Civil and M.Tech Structure from RGPV University, Bhopal and has been working as an Assistant Professor in a reputed college.

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