Tuesday, January 28, 2014
10:48 am pst
There are two main kinds of questions: Rhetorical
and Factual, and in formal writing, both should be avoided.
Factual questions are those seeking facts; you ask them because you truly do not know and you need an answer.
Generally, your job when writing persuasive and informative papers is to have the answers. Therefore, if you don’t
know, then why am I reading anything you have to say?
Rhetorical questions are those that are not intended to be answered. You ask them because you are trying to
make a point, such as the one at the end of the previous paragraph. But what point am I trying to make? There!
I did it again! You wanna know why you shouldn’t ask questions? I’ll tell you!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
11:39 am pst
Generalizations, at their purist, are syllogistic
reasoning. If A = B, and B = C, then A = C – every time and without exception. Syllogisms are very tempting
to use when making a persuasive argument. For instance, if everybody who drove a car while intoxicated were to die,
it would make a very strong argument not to do that. However, they don’t. More...