Argumentative Purposes

A man speaking at a pulpit in front of a panel of law makers.In addition to there being several basic styles of academic arguments, there are actually several purposes for arguments as well. Because different situations call for different structures or focuses, it’s a good idea to think about your purpose in your argument, what you’re trying to argue, and which structure might work best in your situation.

The following pages summarize some of the different types of argumentative purposes and structures you’re likely to encounter in your college courses and beyond. Many of these will serve you well as a professional, too.

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