Metaglossia: The Translation World
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ENGLISH SPEAKING: TEN STEPS TO PRECIS WRITING

The following steps are:-

1)To understand what the passage is about,read it carefully.Put down the main theme in a sentence or phrase.
Also think a suitable title for it .

2)Read through the passage again,and make sure that no hint or suggestion escapes you.The time underline the key words ,phrases,clauses and sentences.

3)Select the essential points,jot them down and reject the rest.

4)prepare your first draft on the basis of underlined key words,phrases etc.and the essential points you have jotted down.

5)Compare your draft with the original to check for any omissions and irrelevancies.

6)Check the length of the precis.....

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Essential Summarizer: The First Online Cross-Language Automatic Text Summarization Application

Essential Summarizer comes in a wide range of software and solutions, to figure out instantaneously multilingual contents and create an automatic summary for efficient reading.

Essential Summarizer produces automatically a summary with a set of relevant sentences. A user parameter sets the length of output summary.

Essential Summarizer uses an innovating method for automatic summarization which performs an advanced linguistic analysis of the input text and produces a summary of it, taking into account discursive elements of the text. The program uses a unique technology that draws on linguistic and cognitive technologies. The quality of the summary produced by Essential Summarizer is based on the use of semantic and pragmatic cues to better figure out the text and build a reliable summary.

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Precis Writing

A precis is a short summary.
It is not a paraphrase, which merely says in different andsimpler words exactly what the passage being paraphrased has to say. A paraphrase may bea long as the passage itself. A precis rarely is more than one-third the length of the originalselection and may be only one-fourth as long.
A precis gives only the "heart" of a passage.
It omits repetition and such details asexamples, illustrations, and adjectives unless they are of unusual importance.
A precis is written entirely in the words of the person writing it, not in the words of the original selection.
Avoid the temptation to lift long phrases and whole sentences fromthe original.

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Writing a Precis

A précis is a brief summary. Writing a précis is valuable training in composition. Since the writing requires you to be clear and concise, you must choose your words carefully and arrange them skillfully so you get the maximum amount of meaning into the minimum space.
In addition to its value as a writing exercise, précis work is excellent reading practice. In order to summarize another's ideas in your own words, you must understand the idea thoroughly.

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Tips for Writing a Precis

A well-written précis should be a serviceable substitute for the original work. The goal is to preserve the core essence of the work in a manner that is both clear and concise. At a minimum, the précis should include the topic or main thesis, the purpose of the research, what was studied, what methods were used, what results (or insight) were gained, and a conclusion. This guide provides tips and includes links to two sample papers, one on fetal protection policies and the other on James L. Sundquist and constitutional reform.

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