Q. What is the difference between development and support in writing?


Support and development are discussed on this page from the Purdue Owl website.

Support means staying with your main thesis and also sticking to the main idea in each paragraph.

Development means adding details, facts, and examples to add to the main thesis of the paper.

Visit the English 1010 Composition I and English 1020 Composition II Research Guides for information to help you with essays. 

If your campus has a Writing Center you could go there for personalized help with this question.

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  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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