Methods of Text

Language features are used by writers to reinforce their points. Here are the language features you should look out for in your exam:

  • (bold) heading
  • numbers / figures / amounts / values / statistics
  • first person (plural), use of ‘we’, ‘our’
  • exaggeration / hyperbole
  • commands e.g. ‘ask yourself…’

Other language features include:

  • rhetorical question
  • uses research to back argument
  • emotive / negative language
  • rule of three e.g. ‘helped, taught and played…’
  • direct address ( e.g. ‘you could always help at home…’
  • informal language / word play
  • exclamation (mark)
  • humour / play on words / pun
  • colloquial expressions / slang
  • powerful / strong language / superlatives
  • repetition
  • direct quotations / personal experience
  • alliteration