Q. What is the difference between an abstract and a precis?


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An abstract gives the most important information (in a readable way) from a document/story/technical dissertation. It may not be readable as a "full story". 

A precis reduces the size of a document/story/technical dissertation in the same way, but leaves the "story" intact.

A precis of "A Brief History of Time" (difficult to do) will leave you with understanding of the subject.

An abstract will give you a lot of facts, in a readable way, but you might not understand the point.

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