the abstract and the concrete

In the article, Johnson mentioned one thing that I really never considered: that we humans naturally crave concrete details in our everyday conversations. For the descriptive essay we are writing in class, I was finding it difficult to avoid the abstract. But if I just imagine I’m recording a conversation with a very curious kid who asks “why? why? what is this? what color? what did it look like? like what? like how?” all the time, it’s quite easier. The examples Johnson presents to us with concrete descriptions are naturally more compelling then the ones with abstract sentences. The article was able to provide an easy way to differentiate concrete from abstract and how it affected the reader. It also emphasized the importance of concrete descriptions in real life situations like job applications.

class topic: Let’s Get Specific by Beth Johnson




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