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What Makes a Good Persuasive (Argument) Essay



An excellent persuasive paragraph or essay does not aim to convince people who agree with you but people who disagree with you. As part of that, you have to present the strongest argument of your opponent and then refute it. In grading persuasive paragraphs, the failure to accurately present and challenge your opponent's most persuasive argument will result in a far lower grade.

In a good argument essay, your opinion carries no weight. If you simply write, "I believe X," and the other person writes, "I believe Y," you have a disagreement, but not an argument.

Because of that, an argument requires research and the use of reporting verbs to introduce the arguments or facts you will be using.

Arguments can appeal to emotions, logic or authority. An opponent may "claim" or "assert" that something is true, but your argument is framed as a fact, not a claim. Skillful use modals also advance arguments. You can use could," "would" or "may" to weaken an opponent's point of view. Stronger modals such as "should," "ought to," or "must" should be used in your point of view.

You also have to avoid fallacies in arguments. These are good to remember and master -- in part to avoid being persuaded by flawed arguments.



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