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    Is there a format as in heading or any particular thing thts essential in writing a preci

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    Re: preci

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    Is there a format as in heading or any particular thing thts essential in writing a preci
    It's spelled "precis". That should give you an opportunity to look it up.

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    Re: preci

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    Is there a format, as in a heading, or any particular thing that's essential in writing a preci précis?
    I'm not aware of any standard format for writing a précis. (Please note the spelling of the word précis, which is borrowed from Old French, meaning: precise.) It's really up to you -- the writer of the précis -- to find the right words to restate the orignal text as a brief and coherent summary.

    Check out these links for more advice on précis writing:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=+pr%C3%A9cis+writing&btnG=Search.

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    Re: preci

    I'm not aware of any standard format for writing a précis. (Please note the spelling of the word précis, which is borrowed from Old French, meaning: precise.) It's really up to you -- the writer of the précis -- to find the right words to restate the orignal text as a brief and coherent summary.
    Many ordinary people assume the word is borrowed from French and means precise; this is incorrect, however. It is derived from Latin, Lat. praecisus < précis, relating to something which has been cut, from prae, fore, and caedere, cut. The idea is it's been trimmed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Many ordinary people assume the word is borrowed from French and means precise; this is incorrect, however. It is derived from Latin, Lat. praecisus < précis, relating to something which has been cut, from prae, fore, and caedere, cut. The idea is it's been trimmed down.


    précis SYLLABICATION:pré·cisPRONUNCIATION: prs, pr-sNOUN:Inflected forms: pl. pré·cis (prsz, pr-sz)
    A concise summary of a book, article, or other text; an abstract. TRANSITIVE VERB:Inflected forms: pré·cised, pré·cis·ing, pré·cis·es
    To make a précis of. ETYMOLOGY:French, from Old French precis, condensed. See precise

    precise SYLLABICATION:pre·cisePRONUNCIATION: pr-ssADJECTIVE:1. Clearly expressed or delineated; definite: The victim gave a precise description of the suspect. 2. Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct: a precise measurement; a precise instrument. 3. Strictly distinguished from others; very: at that precise moment. 4. Distinct and correct in sound or meaning: precise pronunciation; precise prose. 5. Conforming strictly to rule or proper form: “The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise separatists that lived at New Plymouth” (Thomas Morton). ETYMOLOGY:Middle English, exact, from Old French precis, condensed, precisely fixed, from Latin praecsus, past participle of praecdere, to shorten : prae-, pre- + caedere, to cut; see ka-id- in Appendix I.

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    Welcome back, Monty. Good to see you're still at it. You're right about precise having the same Latin origin, I just don't think the OP has enough English and French to wade through false friends, as there is no overlap today, precis meaning concise and brief but not surgically exact, precise, and so on. He or she would be better of not thinking of precise as synonymous with precis.

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