IOE Writing Centre


Clarify your writing

 Clarify means 'make more clear'. In essence, look at your language choices, and also look at what you have not stated.

If you are told to clarify a point, you could try to rewrite it in shorter sentences, as a starting point. Next, add more detail, even if it seems obvious to you.

Compare these two sentences:

1. The common myths are revisited in this paper.

2. This paper includes a discussion of several contested areas, including x and y.

The second sentence is (arguably) clearer, as it has replaced the word 'myth' with 'contested areas', and instead of 'revisited', it uses 'includes a discussion of'. Examples also help to clarify, as they provide the reader with a more concrete illustration of the meaning.