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Example: This chapter covers following topics.

Which of the following identical explanations both convey the idea and are correct?1) Those topics are explained in that chapter

2) That chapter explains those topics.

3) That chapter deals with those topics.

4) Those topics are dealt in that chapter?

5) Those topics are concerned in that chapter?

6) That chapter concerns those topics?

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If you have listed some topics, you can write that chapter [the chapter I just mentioned] explains those topics [the topics I just mentioned]. Your original phrase, this chapter covers the following topics​, has to come before a list of topics which are covered in the current chapter.
 

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The word "cover" means a variety of things. When you use "explain," it means a very specific case. "Explain" and "cover" are not identical. The most identical sentence out of all the options is probably #3.
 

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If you have listed some topics, you can write that chapter [the chapter I just mentioned] explains those topics [the topics I just mentioned]. Your original phrase, this chapter covers the following topics​, has to come before a list of topics which are covered in the current chapter.
Sorry, I have incorrectly asked the question.

Does "cover" used in this sentence "This chapter covers following topics" mean "to explained". I think it is clear that cover=explain but I cannot be sure. Would you explain please?

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Sorry, I have incorrectly asked the question.

Does "cover" used in this sentence "This chapter covers the following topics" mean "to explain". I think it is clear that cover=explain but I cannot be sure. Would you explain please?

"Covers" means "discusses" in the quoted text.

Note my corrections above.
 

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"Covers" means "discusses" in the quoted text.

Note my corrections above.
This link does not include to cover as to discuss but #5 is the closest one.

http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=cover

And in the following link to cover is to treat, to to deal with. It is example is : Material covered in the first chapter.

So are synonym of cover for this sense to treat, to treat, to deal with and to discuss?

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Yes, those are all reasonable synonyms in this context.
 

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Let's think this example: 7. The novel three soldiers. 8. The novel covers three soldiers.


What is the difference between 7 and 8? Are they identical in meaning?

Concern: To relate to, be about
Cover: To deal with, to tread

Above definitions are from the same source, Merriam-Webster, so there should be a great or slight difference among.
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Let's think this example: 7. The novel concerns three soldiers. 8. The novel covers three soldiers.


What is the difference between 7 and 8? Are they identical in meaning?

Concern: To relate to, be about
Cover: To deal with, to tread

Above definitions are from the same source, Merriam-Webster, so there should be a great or slight difference among.

I inserted the word which I think you left out.

Sentence 8 is completely unnatural. Sentence 7 is not terribly natural either but it might occur in the right context.

I hate to say this on Using English where we so often refer people to dictionaries, but I think you're relying on them too much.
 

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Change it to "the novel covers the story of three soldiers in Iraq" and you have a perfectly good sentence. Dictionaries are good when you want to know the definition(s) of a certain word but they are not very good at telling you when it is appropriate to use the word itself.
 

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Can you please change 7 into a natural form?

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"The novel's plot concerns three soldiers."
 

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Just merely based on their definitions, they are not the same. The dictionary does not use the same words to describe "concern" and "cover."

If you have specific questions about the usage of these two words, I will be able to further tell you why they are not the same.
 

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Just merely based on their definitions, they are not the same. The dictionary does not use the same words to describe "concern" and "cover."

If you have specific questions about the usage of these two words, I will be able to further tell you why they are not the same.

This is somewhat specific: What is the difference between two sentences. Their meaning limited to definitions in question.

1. Chapter concerns the following topics.
2. Chapter covers the following topics.

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Both sentences need "The" or "This" before "chapter". Their meaning is very similar. Number 1 tells us what the chapter is about in general; number 2 suggests that the chapter thoroughly discusses each of the listed topics.
 

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This is somewhat specific: What is the difference between two sentences. Their meaning limited to definitions in question.

1. Chapter concerns the following topics.
2. Chapter covers the following topics.

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They are very similar in meaning. You could argue that sentence 2 means the topics in question are discussed in greater detail than the concerned topics in sentence 1. Though in general, they mean pretty much the same thing.
 

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Both sentences need "The" or "This" before "chapter". Their meaning is very similar. Number 1 tells us what the chapter is about in general; number 2 suggests that the chapter thoroughly discusses each of the listed topics.

Yes, I grasp the main thema but would you explain the subtle difference between "being about Subject xxx" and "discussing Subject xxx". It seems there is a subtle difference and I cannot grasp that difference at all. O.K I think the answer is already given by Andrew in #19.

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