New College Writing Program

Argument

Argument: Though often used as a synonym for reasoning or logic, argument is a much broader term. Anything people do to convince or persuade other people can be considered an argument, and that ranges from complex and formal writing or speech to nonverbal acts, such as facial expressions, the clothes we put on each day. What do your fashion choices argue? What about the song or video you posted on social media? The food you serve your friends or family? How you vote in an election? The point is: anything might be presented as an argument in the right context.

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