Concrete Details

Narrated and illustrations by J Crosson
Written by M Kunert

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Strictly defined, "concrete" refers to nouns that name physical objects- a bridge, a book, or a coat. Concrete nouns are the opposite of abstract nouns (which refer to concepts like freedom and love). However, as used in the essay portion of the AP test, this term has a slightly different connotation. The directions may read something like this "Provide concrete detail that will convince the reader." This means that your essay should include detail in the passage; at times, you'll be asked to provide detail from your own life (reading, observation, experience, and so forth).

*Include as much detail as possible.

Student parking is becoming an important issue on many college campuses.
Or you can use...
Because of the increasing numbers of students commuting to college, parking is becoming an important issue.

The handbook is a good guide for using documentation.
OR...
The MLA handbook provides a guide for documenting works cited.

After we viewed the movie about nuclear destruction, we better understood the devastating effects of this type of warfare.
OR...
After we viewed the enormous mushroom cloud produced by a nuclear bomb, we better understood the devastating effects of this type of warfare.

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