Summary definition

A summary is a concise overview of a text’s main points written in your own words. The summary of a text provides the reader with an overall comprehension of a larger body of text in a condensed and concise format. By summarizing a text, you show your better understanding of that text.

Features of a summary

👉The summary shortens the main ideas of a text so that its readers will understand the gist of the original work.

👉The summary keeps the tone and key ideas of the writer of the original work.

👉A summary is typically one-quarter to one-third the length of the original and is written in the third person.

How to Write a Summary

👉Read the text and identify the main ideas. Distinguish the main ideas from the details.

👉Write the main ideas in a list.

👉Begin the summary with an introductory statement.

👉Turn the main ideas into sentences, occasionally including details when it is necessary to convey the main idea.

👉Combine the sentences into one or more paragraphs.

👉Use transition words to connect the sentences and the paragraphs.

👉Proofread the summary for punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and content.
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