Summary: The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes.
Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.
The crane operator didn’t see him as he moved that solid piece of rock from one point to the next.
The soft rustle of protective gear being put on over scrubs filled the room as we methodically dressed for the trauma that was about to roll through the door.
Tap into this emotional reservoir in order to achieve your full descriptive potential.
One of your goals is to evoke a strong sense of familiarity and appreciation in the reader.
Freshly brewed coffee and the sharp smell of disinfectant mixed in the air like a foreign perfume.
Uniformed staff busied themselves with paperwork while waiting for the moment we all knew would come with the lunch hour approaching.
We parted like the waves of the Red Sea to let the gurney wheel by into the trauma room. ...e a jack hammer, catching a few of us off guard.
A calmness floated in the air as if giving cognitive reasoning a resounding voice. I was only a volunteer, only there to observe, yet I was thrown quickly into the ... Sterile water spewed from the spout of the irrigation device onto the skull of the hurt man.