General Education. The goal of an argumentative essay is to convince your reader that your position is logical, ethical, and, ultimately, right. In argumentative essays, writers accomplish this by writing:. Introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion: these are the main sections of an argumentative essay. Those probably sound familiar. Where does arguing come into all of this, though?
Not to be confused with: assay — an analysis of a substance, esp. A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author. Something resembling such a composition: a photojournalistic essay. A testing or trial of the value or nature of a thing: an essay of the students' capabilities.
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