Essay-writing "styles"

In this section we describe the characteristics of different types of academic essay, and offer examples of those essays, or at least essay extracts featuring these characteristics. Some are models and some were written by HKU undergraduates (we have their permission to use them here).

Essay type or "style"

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Expository Buying behaviour

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Argumentative The rise in the divorce rate
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