|Give a detailed account of.
|State the exact meaning of a word or phrase.
|Find and describe and example or issue.
|Make clear and explicit.
|Present in a brief, clear way.
|Identify and describe.
|Give the main features or general principles of a subject omitting minor details and emphasizing structure and arrangement.
|Give a concise, clear account of a subject, presenting the chief factors and omitting minor details and examples.
|What are the main features of...
|Select the more significant features and present them coherently.
|Look for similarities and differences between.
|Set in opposition in order to bring out the differences sharply.
|Compare and Contrast
|Find some points of common ground between x and y and show where or how they differ.
|Distinguish or differentiate between...
|Show differences between...
|Look at two (or more) sides of an argument, and present the logic, evidence, etc. of both sides.
|Set up a claim or argument, presenting evidence for and against.
|Present two (or more) sides of an issue or argument and any implications.
|What arguments can be made for and against the view that...
|Look at both sides of an argument.
|Explain, clarify, give reasons for.
|Give details about how and why it is so.
|How/Why is it...
|Give an explanation, including the reasons for or cause of.
|Determine the value of, weigh up.
|Make a judgement about the merit of theories or opinions or about the facts of a matter.
|Make an appraisal of the worth/validity/effectiveness of something in the light of its accuracy or usefulness.
|How far.../To what extent...
|Usually involves looking at evidence/arguments - for and against - and weighing them up.
|Show adequate grounds for decisions or conclusions, answer the main objections likely to be made about them.
|Resolve into its component parts. Examine critically or minutely.
|Look in detail at this line of argument.