How to put forward refutation or opposing argument

Refutations must be specified, researched and completely understood before stating that they are wrong, this will ensure that you are well prepared to answer any counter arguments.

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Suggested strategies for an opposing point of view.

  1. The Compromise. This is a valid point. To a degree they are right.
  2. Complete disagreement. After reviewing this evidence, there is no way that they can be right.
  3. Proving irrelevance. This point is off topic and has no relevance to our discussion.

Some prompts to get you started:

  • Opposing ideas claim/maintain that....
  • Those who disagree....
  • Those who are in opposition may say...
  • Those who are against this idea...
  • Those who assert that....
  • Some people may disagree with this idea......
  • The claim this because...
  • They put forward this idea because...
  • They claim that...
  • They claim that...... since.......
  • However, ...........
  • But, .........
  • On the other hand............
  • Yes, but.....


Argumentative essay definition

An argumentative essay attempts to prove a point by supporting it with evidence. It gives information but also puts forth an argument voicing the PROS (supporting ideas) and the CONS (opposing ideas) of a certain issue. The intent is to move its readers to action or belief. An argumentative essay can also be called a persuasive essay but it means the same thing. You are writing an argument. The argumentative essay must be based on facts and not opinions. Read more>>>>


Argumentative Essay Outlines

There are three possible argumentative essay outline (s) which can be used as a starting point.  Ensure that you have brainstormed the PROS and CONS of your topic effectively and have sufficient material on hand which will assist you in making your refutations. Then select one of the suggested essay outlines to get started. Read more>>>






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