2.2 CHANGING YOUR MIND: A DISCURSIVE ESSAY

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Look at the guidelines for writing a discursive essay.
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1. Include an introductory paragraph. 2. Divide your essay into for and against sections. 3. Use linking words and phrases. 4. Write a concluding paragraph.

How far does the essay follow the guidelines?
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It follows all the advice. 1 It has an introductory paragraph. 2 It uses paragraphs to explain the for and against arguments 3 It includes linkers 4. It has a concluding paragraph which includes the writers opinion.

introduce additional information (meaning "and")
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what is more, another (problem/issue/point, etc). Additionally, in addition to this, furthermore, likewise.

Indicate a contrast with what has come before (meaning "but")
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In contrast, on the contrary, conversely, however, on the other hand, nevertheless.

follow a logical argument (meaning "therefore")
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thus, hence, accordingly, as a result, consequently, so, for this reason...

prove your point
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evidently, obviously, indeed, to conclude, in fact, in conclusion

Most computers users have, (in conclusion/evidently/in fact), never received any keyboard training.
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Most computers users have, (evidently/in fact), never received any keyboard training.
* in conclusion

(As a result/However/So) their keyboard skills are inefficient.
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(As a result/So) their keyboard skills are inefficient.
* However

He is old and unpopular. (On the contrary/Furthermore/In addition to this), he has at best only two more years of political life left.
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He is old and unpopular. (Furthermore/In addition to this), he has at best only two more years of political life left.
* On the contrary

The laws were contradictory. Measures were taken to clarify them, (accordingly/as a result/hence).
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The laws were contradictory. Measures were taken to clarify them, (accordingly/as a result).
* hence

What he said was true. It was, (nevertheless/thus/however), unkind.
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What he said was true. It was, (nevertheless/however), unkind.
* thus

I don't mind at all. (Indeed/In fact/To conclude), I was pleased.
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I don't mind at all. (Indeed/In fact), I was pleased.
* To conclude

Many employees enjoy music in the workplace. (However/Conversely/In addition to this), some people find it distracting or, (indeed/in fact/obviously), annoying.
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Many employees enjoy music in the workplace. (However/Conversely), some people find it distracting or, (indeed/in fact), annoying.
* In addition to this; * obviously


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