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Discussion Argument Choice 7



Whilemaking an argument, it is possible for students to fall for the strawman’s fallacy that involves making a weak argument against apremise that one refutes. On various occasion, I have been a victimof this pattern of argument. I intend to avoid it bay applyingvarious skills. First, I intend to ensure that I understand theobjection in the controversy at hand. This will enable me to deviatefrom the main question (Lewiński &amp Oswald, 2013). The mainchallenge involves shadowing an argument by offering a strong premisethat deliberately ignores the main argument. Understanding andretrieving information on the opponent’s premise will help to stayon course. Arguing as hard for the other side as for how I wouldargue for mine would prevent any form of bias and allow a logicalpresentation of justification. Additionally, taking deliberate carewhile articulating my position will help in countering the challengeof overlooking important flaws in the antagonistic arguments(Lewiński &amp Oswald, 2013).


Whendelivering findings objectively, the academic standards requirepresenting it in the third person and avoid contractions as well asother informal phrases. The major challenge in presenting thefindings is the use of the first person when one wants to present thethoughts of another author and drifting towards informality(Canagarajah, 2013). In my academic papers, I have avoided theseinconsistencies by proofreading and editing my assignments. Editingthe drafts assists in assessing the appropriateness of words insentences and replacing contraction with the full words. Also,understanding the intended audience of the papers has beeninstrumental in sticking to the formality. Research findings aremeant to the academic community, and they do not involve personalopinions (Canagarajah, 2013). I have also been careful whenpresenting the thoughts of other authors. Other people may providethe findings in a study with interest in the topic. Such ideas cannotbe presented in the first person since that will amount to academicdishonesty. Considering these factors have been invaluable in mywriting and countering the challenges.


Canagarajah,A. S. (2013). Criticalacademic writing and multilingual students.Amherst: University of Michigan Press.

Lewiński,M., &amp Oswald, S. (2013). When and how do we deal with straw men?A normative and cognitive pragmatic account. Journalof Pragmatics,59,164-177.