It is a neutral request to present a detailed picture.
For example: Describe the main roles of the IMF and the World Bank.
This is often from the result of your considerations, workings and/or calculations have told you about the problem that you have been given.
Compare/Compare and contrast Asks students to describe two situations and present the similarities and differences between them.
A description of the two situations does not on its own meet the requirements of this key term.
For example: Compare the effectiveness of demand-side policies to supply-side policies in reducing the level of unemployment.
Explain Directs students to describe clearly, make intelligible and give reasons for a concept or idea.
For example: Explain why a monopolist may charge different prices to different customers for the same service.
Here are some examples of command words that are the most common in economics and business studies questions and what they mean.
Account for Asks students to explain a particular situation or a particular outcome.