THE ELEMENTS OF A FORMAL FORMAT

THE ELEMENTS OF A FORMAL FORMAT

When producing a formal report, the writer employs a number of elements that orient readers to the report’s topics and organization. These elements occur at the front, in the body, or at the end of the report. Most of the elements appear before the body of the report. Two of the elements  the conclusion and recommendation sections  can be placed either at the beginning or at the end. Here are the elements of a formal report:

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Some of these format elements are traditional and are always handled the same way. Some however, can vary, depending on the roles of the writer and the readers in the particular situation. This chapter explains and exemplifies all of the elements.