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  • Malthus']] ''[[Essay on the Principle of Population]]''
  • [[University student]]s, like these students doing research at a university library, are often assigned essays as a way to get them to analyze what they have read.
  • Essays of [[Michel de Montaigne]]
  • Harpers]]'', a US magazine that prints a number of essays per issue.
  • "After School Play Interrupted by the Catch and Release of a Stingray" is a simple time-sequence [[photo essay]].
  • [[John Locke]]'s 1690 ''[[An Essay Concerning Human Understanding]]''.

1) to write an essay about, on
2) a critical essay (see the Usage Note for dissertation)
An essay is a short piece of writing on one particular subject written by a student.
We asked Jason to write an essay about his hometown and about his place in it.
An essay is a short piece of writing on one particular subject that is written by a writer for publication.
...Thomas Malthus's essay on population.
N-COUNT: oft N on n
I. v. a.
Attempt, try, endeavor.
II. n.
Attempt, trial, endeavor, effort, struggle, aim.
Dissertation, disquisition, brief discourse, article, paper.



An essay is, generally, a piece of writing that gives the author's own argument, but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of a letter, a paper, an article, a pamphlet, and a short story. Essays have been sub-classified as formal and informal: formal essays are characterized by "serious purpose, dignity, logical organization, length," whereas the informal essay is characterized by "the personal element (self-revelation, individual tastes and experiences, confidential manner), humor, graceful style, rambling structure, unconventionality or novelty of theme," etc.

Essays are commonly used as literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author. Almost all modern essays are written in prose, but works in verse have been dubbed essays (e.g., Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism and An Essay on Man). While brevity usually defines an essay, voluminous works like John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Thomas Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population are counterexamples.

In some countries (e.g., the United States and Canada), essays have become a major part of formal education. Secondary students are taught structured essay formats to improve their writing skills; admission essays are often used by universities in selecting applicants, and in the humanities and social sciences essays are often used as a way of assessing the performance of students during final exams.

The concept of an "essay" has been extended to other media beyond writing. A film essay is a movie that often incorporates documentary filmmaking styles and focuses more on the evolution of a theme or idea. A photographic essay covers a topic with a linked series of photographs that may have accompanying text or captions.

Pronunciation examples for essay
1. this essay,
2. for that specific essay.
Modern Love Revised and Updated _ Daniel Jones _ Talks at Google
3. you evaluated the essay?
Emotional Intelligence Superpowers _ Marc Brackett _ Talks at Google
4. That's the whole essay.
Everyone's an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too _ Jonny Sun _ Talks at Google
5. about my essay.
Live Right and Find Happiness _ Dave Barry _ Talks at Google
Examples of use of essay
1. "Now that‘s a whole essay in itself!" It‘s a cogent essay.
2. This essay originally appeared in Yezhednevny Zjurnal. «
3. "There‘s even more of Marjorie in that essay than in the cancer essay [‘Hit by Lightning: A Cancer Memoir‘]," says Noah.
4. The essay contains his famous statement "That government is best which governs least," The essay of Thoreau impacted the practices of both Gandhi and King.
5. Writing an essay in English is one of the choices the contest offers, alongside writing an Arabic poem and an Arabic essay.