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Précis Writing

Students are often frightened by the word ‘précis’. It is not an English word and has an un-English sound too. They should know, once or all, that a précis is just a summary; it may be the summary of a paragraph, of a speech, of a chapter, even of a book. On the other hand, you may write the précis of a single sentence and turn several passages dealing with the same subject into a précis.

If someone asks the students to epitomize a passage or write the substance of the following passage, they mean the practically the same thing, viz. précis, For a précis should contain the sum and substance of the passage summarized, excluding no important ideas and indulging no unimportant ones.

However difficult a passage may be, students should not paraphrase it when trying to write its précis. For a précis is not a paraphrase, just as the sun is not the moon. In a paraphrase we explain every detail of a passage, in a précis we leave out the details and give just the substance of a passage. A paraphrase is naturally longer than the original passage. A paraphrase is naturally longer than the original passage, whereas a précis is naturally shorter


The Uses of Précis writing

Some inquisitive students may well ask, what is the use of this difficult process of précis writing? Well, précis writing has many uses. Every one of you must have had an occasion for thanking a fellow student for supplying you with the summary of an instructive lecture, or that of a helpful book. Ability to summarize comes to the help of the students frequently. In Government offices long documents are being constantly summarized for the perusal of the higher authorities. Literary men, biographers and historians have recourse to it often, other wise they would have to spend years and years shifting and examining their material. Lastly, in the newspaper world précis writing is in daily use. All journalists are excellent writers of précis. They have to report long speeches, debates, events etc. within a brief compass
This is the reason why in all CSS held by the government précis writing is given such importance. It should also be borne in mind that précis writing is excellent education training. Ability to write a good précis means the ability to pick out the essentials of a passage, and the ability to reject what is not important. Then, there must be the knack of arranging these essential ideas and presenting them in a minimum number of words without appearing to the obscure. Human life would indeed be different if people took to précis writing in right earnest
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Well Done Muddassar Good work indeed.

You have shared a good piece of information. But it would be best if you are adding it as a post rather thread with anyother thread of precis writing.
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