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The conclusion

Some believe that the sole purpose of a conclusion is to restate what has been argued in the body of the essay. Whilst restatement can be helpful for the reader, it often makes for a dull closing to a piece or writing. There are additional possibilities for the conclusion. For example, you might choose to:

  • discuss why it is difficult to arrive at a definitive answer to the question posed
  • raise other questions that could be considered in a subsequent essay
  • suggest other approaches that could be adopted in investigating the question
  • make a prediction about what will happen to the phenomenon under investigation
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