Articles and Essays

English users (speakers and writers) more often than not find themselves committing grave mistakes when it comes to usage of article or essay. These two words are often confused and are used interchangeably. Close relationship between meanings of these words does not make them identical. An essay is a long and detailed chronology of events. Therefore, essays have room to contain events that occur over a long period such as historical occurrences. On the other hand, articles are short and descriptive. They depict specific ideas such as hygiene in newspapers and magazines. This paper will focus on the differences between articles and essays.

Essays are usually long and can take up to 3000 words. In this case, authors have time and room to express their ideas and opinions comprehensively. At the same time, there is an area to include similar ideas from other writers. There are always quotations, references, and citations of thoughts previously held by experts in the field targeted by the essay. Through essays, learners can present knowledge they have acquired in the course of learning. Unlike other forms of presenting information, essays contain a conclusion that is summative of the topic extensively discussed (Collins, 2009). In this, the writer can give own opinion and even compliment, challenge, criticize, and correct thoughts presented by others who pursued the same topic.

Through essays, events that are detailed due to expansiveness of their occurrence can be contained. They find best custody of history. They explain chronology of events such as power dispensation and acquisition for communities of the world (Bensmaïa, 2005). Many practices were previously held by communities. Today, essays can contain them accordingly and can tell cultural practices of societies such as food, mode of clothing, beliefs, taboos, and religion among others.

On the other hand, articles’ form of presenting information is definite and descriptive. Therefore, being specific means that they are short. They can be a few words to comparatively long ones but not exceeding 1500 words. The general concept of articles is for presenting specific ideas. They describe a certain niche. In an article, an author can expound on a place, a position held, a function, role, and/or task. In this, writers and authors are free to discuss ideas held or express their expertise in various fields. There can be articles that discuss real life events such as personal hygiene, nutrition, preventive measures of certain chronic diseases, political instability, weather conditions, and effects of such situations.

Articles are popular in print media that have limitations in terms of space. Here, only the precise relevant information is required. Such media include the journals, magazines, and newspapers. For instance, one can write an article on Depletion of Natural Resources. We expect such a person to have room to talk of one or few types of resources, for instance, oil. In the same context, he/she will talk of reasons for depletion, expected period for depletion to occur, and the dire consequences that will ensure such depletion.

Conclusively, articles can be put forth by experts in certain fields. For instance, a dental surgeon can give a descriptive overview on causes of tooth decay, remedy, and consequences. We can also find a food nutritionist giving an account of causes of obesity among the youth in developed countries. Such can go ahead and give preventive measures, cure, and treatment of obesity. Articles, unlike essays by practices, contain no conclusion (D’Agata, 2009). They mostly contain own opinion and expertise.