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By Jeanne Fahnestock, Marie Secor

This composition textual content specializes in argument and persuasion utilizing examples, routines, readings, and writing assignments. The textual content courses scholars via constructing a thesis, discovering and organizing facts, and writing and revising numerous forms of argumentative papers. the second one version de-emphasizes the language of formal common sense, and the entire readings, examples, and routines were up-to-date. extra assurance has been given to refutation. standard in either complex composition and moment semester freshman classes.

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Are not. Claims about the nature of things connect a subject to a predicate in one of the following ways: The subject is included in the predicate ("Housework is a form of exercise"), has something to do with the predicate ("Love is often an illusion"), or is completely separated from the predicate ("No Mercury astronauts were scientists"). You Make More Claims Than You Think Claims about the nature of things do not always come neatly packaged in subject-linking verb-predicate form like the examples given above.

The lyrics are illiterate. WHAT WE DO NOT ARGUE ABOUT 27 4. Watching sports on television is an incredible waste of time. a. I have better things to do. b. Joe Garagiola/John M a d d e n / is uninformed. c. I'm tired of commercials for shaving cream, beer, and deodorant. d. Televised sports have ruined too many of my weekends. FOR YOU TO WRITE 1. Write a paragraph of rant. That is, carry on in strong language about something you dislike intensely. Here's a start: "One thing that really " Now imagine trying to convince somemakes me furious is .

Your purpose is to convince someone who doesn't know the person to share your characterization. 4 Analyzing Statements About the Nature of Things Let's say you have formulated an arguable claim about the nature of something. How can you get a sense of what you need to do to support it for your audience? A useful method of attack is to take it apart, to look at the subject by itself, the predicate by itself, and then the relationship between them. Generally, subjects vary in level of abstraction and in number, and predicates vary in how much definition an audience needs.

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