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Account

Explain, give reasons why

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Analyse

Identify and discuss explanations

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Assess

Consider, weigh up, judge, offer opinion

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Compare

Find similarities and differences

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Contrast

Discuss differences

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Criticise

Express opinions, agreement, disagreement

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Define

Give precise, detailed meaning

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Discuss

Cover views for and against, argue opinion

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Describe

Give complete overview

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Evaluate

Weigh up, judge explanations, summarise

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Examine

Investigate, consider flaws in argument

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Explain

Provide clear reasons why

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How far

Judge against other explanations

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Indicate

List, describe explanations

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Illustrate

Clarify with examples

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Interpret

Translate into clearer meaning

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Judge

Consider and rule on significance

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Justify

Defend an explanation

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Outline

List and describe main points

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State

Precise, clear summary

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Summarise

Identify and present main points

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To what extent

Level of agreement, points for and against

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Trace

Link chain of events

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