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    the use of outline

    "The president outlined his agenda for the next term." Would you please explain in words the part outlined his agenda.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outline
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    Re: the use of outline

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "The president outlined his agenda for the next term." Would you please explain in words the part outlined his agenda?

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outline
    Thank you.
    It means he presented an overview (without going into detail) of his agenda.

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    Re: the use of outline

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    It means he presented an overview (without going into detail) of his agenda.
    Two questions.

    1. Is explain in words incorrect?
    2. Is explain the part outline his agenda incorrect or overwritten?

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    Re: the use of outline

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    1. Is explain in words incorrect? "In words" is redundant. How else is a reply on this forum going to explain something?
    2. Is "explain the part (use quotation marks around the entire quoted text including the italicized section) outline his agenda" incorrect or overwritten? "The part" is unnecessary but not incorrect.
    See above.
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    Re: the use of outline

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    See above.

    "In words" is redundant. How else is a reply on this forum going to explain something?
    Does redundant mean overwritten above?

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    Re: the use of outline

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Does redundant mean overwritten above?
    I wouldn't say "overwritten" myself, but I suppose it could be used there. "Redundant" is clear: it means that the text repeats something which has already been said. "Overwritten" could mean many things related to using too many words.
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    Re: the use of outline

    The verb 'outlined' in the quoted sentence is used in definition 2 of the link you gave:

    indicated the principal features or different parts of

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    Re: the use of outline

    1. "The president outlined his agenda for the next term"

    2. "
    The president summarized his agenda for the next term."

    Can 1 and 2 exactly and exactly be the same for some cases?

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    Re: the use of outline

    They are very similar. Outlined is somewhat more likely to be used prospectively (in advance, to describe something you're planning), and summarized retrospectively (afterwards, to describe something that has happened).

    Don't write "exactly and exactly". It doesn't mean anything.
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