This week, you are writing a persuasive letter to the editor. Last week, you examined the argument for and against your topic. The argument against your point-of-view is called the counterargument. Reference.com delineates how to use counterarguments in your persuasive pieces of writing:
“Although the purpose of persuasive writing is to persuade the reader to hold the same views as the writer’s position, it is important to present the counterargument to show that the writer can recognize that opposing views exist. This practice enhances the credibility of the writer by showing her ability to think rationally and logically. Presenting the counterargument also brings potential doubts of the reader to the forefront. If the writer can address the doubts in a direct manner, the reader may be more open to listening to the writer’s position.”
How will you acknowledge counterarguments in your letter?
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