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1 Language of persuasion Celia Fraiz Sainz María López-Rúa Taboada

2 FORMAL WRITING (E.g. Discursive essay, business letter) -Formal writing is not just dictated conversation It goes without saying that… It cannot be denied that… My opinion is borne out by research -Make your thesis obvious throughout -Introduce, expand/justify, conclude -Stay on topic

3 FORMAL SPEECH (E.g. At a business meeting) The purposes of a formal speech: To inform To persuade To entertain To interest the audience Some examples to use in a formal speech: Surely the most sensible thing would be to… How can I persuade you to… Are yoy quite sue you won’t reconsider?

4 Informal speech (e.g. to a friend) Some expressions: Come on! Go for it! Why don’t you… Can’t you just… Do it for my sake! Just this once! Please let me…

5 Neutral speech I really think you should… Surely you could… Think it over, at least. How can I convince you? You’d do well to… Are you really sure you can’t… Give it some thought, please.

6 Exercises The following sentences are mixed formal and informal. Write F (formal) or I (informal) in the brackets after each sentence: a. The project will be completed next year. [ ] b. I showed that his arguments didn’t hold water. [ ] c. I wonder why he put up with those terrible conditions for so long. [ ]

7 d. Five more tests will be necessary before the experiment can be concluded. [ ] e. It is possible to consider the results from a different viewpoint. [ ] f. It has been proved that the arguments so far are without foundation. [ ] g. He’ll have to do another five tests before he can stop the experiment. [ ] h. It is not clear why such terrible conditions were tolerated for so long. [ ] i. There are a number of reasons why the questionnaire should be revised. [ ] j. We’ll finish the job next year. [ ]

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