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Explicit information is information that is obvious, that is right there on the page in front of you. For example, the explicit information in the phrase "pink and intimate" (An Inspector Calls) is that the lighting is pink. Implicit essentially means "reading between the lines", the information you have to dig a little deeper to find. Using the same example, the implicit information here is that there is a party atmosphere and that the setting is relaxed and light-hearted. This is implicit because it is not stated in the text, it is inferred by readers or audiences.
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Explicit information is something which the reader is directly told that requires them to not add additional thought to. In the advert below we are told the following information explicitly: "stronger than natural remediates 30X stronger." Implicitly is when a writer or speaker leads you to conclude certain thoughts and perceptions about what they are writing or saying. In the example below, it is implied that 1) This shampoo is better than others because it is "stronger" 2) Pantene is a trusted brand as they have carried out research 3) The woman's hair in the advert looks great because she uses this shampoo.
Explicit information is stated clearly and without any ambiguity but implicit information is the meanings you suggest and understand from the text.
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Hey Stanley! Explicit information is the sort that is said clearly and outright with no subtext, like a statement of fact, whereas implicit information is the sort that is gained through subtext and reading beyond the words to get more from the information. For example, let's look at the sentence "Sarah cried for days when her older sister left for university." Explicitly, we know that 1. Sarah cried for a long time and 2. her older sister is of university age. Implicitly, we can assume that Sarah is very close to her older sister if she would cry for this long at her leaving and we can also infer that her sister is most likely going somewhere far away since Sarah's sadness was so profound. Hope this was of some help!
Hi Simonis, this is a really good question
The key difference between explicit and implicit information is how obvious and clear something is. If the information is explicit, it means that you can take it for face value. There are no hidden meanings. However, if information is implicit it means that inference if needed to fully understand its meaning. Authors often use implicit writing in order to create creative and intriguing pieces of writing
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Explicit is the clear meaning of the word or phrase. Implicit is what is implied. For example if you say, ‘It’s cold in here.’ You are explicitly saying that the temperature is cold and that it has affected you. You feel cold. The implied meaning might be that you are subtlety asking for someone to close the window.
Hi Stanley! The difference between explicit and implicit information is the delivery of the information. Explicit information is information that is directly stated to the audience or reader, such as "Miles does not like dogs." Implicit information is information which is suggested, but never directly stated. Implicit information is implied to the reader, for example, "Miles moved away from the dog. He had never had a pet dog." It is suggested that Miles does not like dogs because he moves away from the dog, but it is never directly stated.
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To understand the differences between explicit and implicit information.
Explicit – clearly stated so there is no room for confusion or questions.
Implicit – implied or suggested, but not clearly stated.
Explicit information is what you read in the text. It can't be argued because it is there in black and white. Implicit information is the meaning that is implied with in the text. The writer gives you clues and hints as to the hidden meanings, point of view or argument they are trying to convey.
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Explicit information is information that is clearly stated so that there is no room for confusion or questions. It is very clear and without vagueness or ambiguity. Implicit information may be implied or suggested, but not clearly stated.
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Explicit and implicit have opposite meanings. Explicit information is clearly stated, so there is no room for misinterpretation. Implicit information is not expressed directly, but can be interpreted from the primary meaning of a sentence.
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Explicit information: something stated clearly in a text, e.g. It was raining. Implicit information: something that is implied in a text, e.g. As it was raining and the man was sat on his own, one could only assume he was feeling sad.
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implicit ....implied, suggested, hinted at.
explicit...clear, defined, clearly stated.
She implied that the food was burnt by sniffing the air in distaste.
He was explicit with his instructions on how to plant the onion seeds.
Explicit means obvious meaning while Implicit means unobvious meaning. So if something was explicit in a text, it means that the information is clearly stated for you.
Explicit information is expressed clearly and definitively with precise and exact meaning.
For example: ‘It was a bright, sunny morning and there wasn't a single cloud in the sky, yet the cold northerly wind meant that everybody was wearing winter clothing.’
This sentence uses explicit information that leaves no room for debate and the reader cannot assume anything other than what the words say.
Implicit information is implied or hinted at using indirect and vague language.
For example: There was a something ominous about the way he expressed his concern when after the argument he calmly uttered “be careful on your way home, as it would be a shame if something happened to you.”
This sentence is completely ambiguous and is open to interpretation. The person expressing the concern hasn’t said he would directly harm the other person but he could easily be understood to be threatening harm because of the surrounding context.
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