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    What is in a word? A 'Discuss' by any name would be equally vexing!

    As a medical teacher bogged down by having to set questions for student evaluation on a regular basis, I come across preferences and pet-favorites of other teachers, when it comes to choice of action verbs... I see Discuss, Describe, Elaborate and sometimes Compare and contrast! Very often, just like the students, I too can't really get what is meant (irrespective of what is asked, all they always do is List)... can any one please Explain (forgot that one!)
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    Re: What is in a word? A 'Discuss' by any name would be equally vexing!

    Quote Originally Posted by rkrish View Post
    As a medical teacher bogged down by having to set questions for student evaluation on a regular basis, I come across preferences and pet-favorites of other teachers, when it comes to choice of action verbs... I see Discuss, Describe, Elaborate and sometimes Compare and contrast! Very often, just like the students, I too can't really get what is meant (irrespective of what is asked, all they always do is List)... can any one please Explain (forgot that one!)
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    rkrish
    Crudely:

    Toves normally gyre when it is brillig. Discuss: Give the arguments for and against this suggestion.
    Toves gyre. Elaborate: This statement is an over-simplification. Give some more detailed inf0rmation.
    Compare and Contrast the mating habits of toves and borogoves: Say what these things have in common, and also show how they differ,
    Describe the appearance of toves when the weather is brillig - that's pretty self-evident.

    How's that?.

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    Re: What is in a word? A 'Discuss' by any name would be equally vexing!

    What happens if you ask them to list? They may launch into full-throttle comparisons and analyses.

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    Re: What is in a word? A 'Discuss' by any name would be equally vexing!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What happens if you ask them to list? They may launch into full-throttle comparisons and analyses.
    They may lean in that direction.

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    Re: What is in a word? A 'Discuss' by any name would be equally vexing!

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    They may lean in that direction.
    If they're so inclined, or otherwise list to list.

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    Re: What is in a word? A 'Discuss' by any name would be equally vexing!

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Crudely:

    Toves normally gyre when it is brillig. Discuss: Give the arguments for and against this suggestion.
    Toves gyre. Elaborate: This statement is an over-simplification. Give some more detailed inf0rmation.
    Compare and Contrast the mating habits of toves and borogoves: Say what these things have in common, and also show how they differ,
    Describe the appearance of toves when the weather is brillig - that's pretty self-evident.

    How's that?.

    Wow! Five... Like I said, I am a medical teacher, but I got the picture.. thanks..

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