Elaboration means expanding the sentences to express them with clarity. The elaboration helps to enhance the readers’ understandability and provide clarity to your write-up. Read along the article to understand elaboration sentences and how you can use them in your writing.

What is an Elaboration Sentence in Writing

Elaboration is the process of explaining a sentence with further details. The addition of details to the given information helps to enhance clarity and make your writing impactful. 

Elaborating a sentence depends on the purpose and the need of the audience. Generally, sentences can be elaborated using real-life experiences, definitions, examples, facts, stats, anecdotes, scenarios, quotations, etc.

Example – “Saw one mouse”

The above sentence makes no sense as it doesn’t convey who saw the mouse, when and where they saw it, and why they have seen it.

However, if you elaborate the sentence into 

“Jack saw a mouse yesterday near his house as the surroundings were filled with litter.”

The sentence is clear now, conveying that there was litter around Jack’s surroundings. Thus, he saw a mouse nearby.

The rule of thumb for elaborating on a sentence is to ask yourself whether the sentence makes any sense. This will help you convey the whole idea.

Elaboration of a Sentence Based on the Genre of Writing

How to Use Elaboration Sentences?

Ask Questions – Ask what, why, and how while writing.

These questions help the writer to think about the topic and elaborate sentences. They integrate all the information that’s required to convey the topic effectively.

For instance, let’s talk about Hydroponics.

Assume that you have got a question in your exam asking you to write a short essay about hydroponics. So what would you think of hydroponics? 

Will you write two lines describing the word hydroponics and leave it? If you do so, you will lose your score. Then what’s the best way to answer this question?

It’s simple! Elaborate on Hydroponics using the questions “what, why, and how.” By asking these questions, you will be able to cover the following.

And with this, your argument will be complete, covering all the critical information, and will help the reader understand the concept of Hydroponics better.

Other Strategies to Elaborate a Sentence

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