Students usually face question of précis in exams. Précis means one-third, that is to reduce the given passage to its one-third length and by doing so you require competence in making your expression concise and more meaningful. Now look at the following statements;
there anyone at home?
Now these statements can be expressed in economy of words in which you give exactly the same meanings. Like;
You see we have rewritten the above examples in concise way so that they give exactly the same meanings. This is how the whole paragraph may be written with brevity.
Some important points for précis writing
There are some important points that need to be considered while writing précis.
1. Remember, précis must not be
discursive rather it should be continuous essay.
Method of writing précis
Since précis is generally to reduce the paragraph to its one-third length. The best method you need to apply is the following;
Before starting writing précis
First you have to do some mathematical work.
Count the words in one line of the given
See the image below.
How to start writing
Start writing précis and count the number of words you have written in one line.
Now count the lines upto which the required number of words may be reached and put some dot or any mark so that you may recognize that you must not go beyond that point.
Try to collect all the similar things,
like; examples, events etc and express them in one statement.
Don’t talk about them separately.