“I do not agree entirely” is vague when the question asks for “how far do you agree”

8 10 2011

When a question asks, “How far do you agree?” or “To what extent do you agree?”, you should avoid saying, “not entirely”.

Why?

Because “not entirely” could mean that you generally agree, but it could also mean you hardly agree! Avoid vague and ambiguous stands – if you’re asked for your extent of agreement, make sure that the actual extent is clear.


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8 01 2012
Apple

I was taught that i need to have a “counter-argument’ in my AQ.

Do i have to write that? For example, do i have to have an opposing point of view if i ‘agree with the writer entirely’?

In addition, how do i write one, if i have to? Do i select the same argument (of the author’s) which i have used, or do i use another argument? Or can i introduce new arguments? (E.g. If i argue that “the authors’ arguments are very reflective of my society”, can i counter-argue that he has not yet mentioned some points and introduce points that are not mentioned in the comprehension?)

8 01 2012
Adrienne de Souza

Yes. You should try to incorporate balance in your AQ, if possible – that’s where the higher Ev/Ex marks come from. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t do well without having an “opposing point of view” – that’s simply my preference🙂

8 01 2012
Adrienne de Souza

And I wouldn’t advise the latter (” he has not yet mentioned some points and introduce points that are not mentioned in the comprehension “) – not very strong, because we can’t really expect the author to introduce everything. Of course, if it’s a major consideration that they missed, that would be a valid point to raise.

And yes, you can introduce an opposing point of view the same way you would do in an essay, like counter-arguing a previously-discussed point (“select the same argument”), or even picking a different point from the passage – it’s really up to you!

12 01 2012
Apple

Thank you very much!!!

Oh yes! By the way, i have actually posted a question on the post “Is it, or should it? (Key terms / Command terms: Is and should)” , but it hasn’t been answered for a long time…

… i was wondering if you may have missed it by mistake…

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