What is an Expository Passage?

Expository Passages
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Expository Passages

The purpose of an expository passage is to enlighten and inform the reader. To state it more simply, the purpose of an expository passage is to teach. Because the purpose of this type of passage is to teach, everything here is going to be accurate. That’s why it’s always going to be in a nonfiction passage.

The topic of a passage of this type is always going to be very simple. It’s going to be a simple topic. It’s also going to be very easily defined topic, because the writer of one of these types of passages wants the reader to begin to understand what they are saying very easily. They’re trying to teach them something.

Everything’s going to be very simply stated so that the reader can understand what the writer is saying. Oftentimes, expository passages contain words like “first”, “next”, “for example”, or “therefore”. The reason these types of words would be used is because the writer is going to make a point that talks about the topic and then back things up with certain details.

In other words, the writers go into a state a fact and then back it up with details. They might say, “This is because…first, second, and finally,” or “Next, we’re going to talk about this argument for our topic.” He might give a certain example about a topic and then say, “For example,” or “Because of this, therefore.” Everything is revolved around teaching.

Any words like this or any other words that may go along with teaching something are going to be used in these types of situations. The important thing to remember is that an expository passage is meant for teaching, and it’s going to be nonfiction.

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Last updated: 07/11/2018


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