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Chapter 5: Illustration

Chapter introduction:

To illustrate is to explain a general statement by means of one or more specific examples.

Illustration makes what we say more vivid and more exact. Someone might say, "My math professor is always finding crazy ways to get our attention. Just yesterday, for example, he wore a high silk hat to class." The first sentence is a general statement about this professor's unusual ways of getting attention. The second sentence, however, gives a specific example of something he did that clearly shows what the writer means.

Writers often use illustration to develop a paragraph. They explain a general topic sentence with one, two, three, or more specific examples. Detailed and wellchosen examples add interest, liveliness, and power to your writing.

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