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The Differences between Report and Descriptive Text

Written By Admin on 20 June 2008 | 6/20/2008 06:05:00 PM

Some text types are quite difficult to differ. Such report and descriptive text have the similarity in the social function and generic structure. However if they are analyzed carefully, the slight difference between the two text types will reveal.

The purpose of the two texts are to give the live-description of the object/participant. Both the report and descriptive text try to show rather than tell the reader about the factual condition of the object. Readers by themselves will catch the impressive point of the object through that showing writing style.

What make different, between report and descriptive text, is the scope of the written object. If we talk about, eg: bicycle, it belongs to report text. It will talk about bicycle in general; its parts, physical strength, function for certain people or other general characters of bike. In the other hand, descriptive text will convey more focus, for example "my bicycle" with its specific characters; colour, length, wheel style, etc.

In short, report text describes the way of certain things and frequently refer to phenomenon of nature, animal and scientific object. Mostly, report is written after getting careful observation. This scientific and technical sense make clearer difference from descriptive text. The way of descriptive text in showing thing is based on the objective fact of the thing. It describe the specific thing simply as the thing is.

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  1. Hi
    the explanation of the difference between a report and a descriptive given above has clarified some confusion I had of the two genres.

    there is a kind of text I still can not decide to what kind of genre it belongs. For example, a text talking about a person: my name is ..., I'm a student and I study at Comercial school.In my free time I like listening to music.

    Please help me understand this kind of text.

  2. Descriptive passage seem to belong to both Descriptive text and report. The easiest way to determine what genre is viewing to the object of the description, is it certain object or object in common? When the text tries to show/describe the entity of certain people; I, You, Albert, My idol Jacko,etc, and not people in general, why don't we see it as Descriptive Text? Or you have another idea? If yes, let me know please to make better understanding on text types

  3. what is the social function of descriptive text ?

  4. The social function or purpose of a descriptive text is describing a certain person, thing, place, etc. It give a detail explanation about the features or the characteristic of the person, thing or place which distinguish from others. Descriptive text is transferring the image of certain person,thing or place preserved by the writer to be socially known for others. Or you have another idea? let me know. we can build the better understanding about what a descriptive text and its social function.


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