"They Say, I say" is a written resource aimed at helping students improve their writing skills. It is a guide for students to advance their written English. It equips them with the necessary skills for perfecting their writing. Thir respurce is a recommendation to all writers, as it improves their grammar and has relevant information about writing research reports. There has been a lot of complaints from the American society that the quality of writing has declined. The book comes to the rescue of the literacy and the writing society in general.
Upon release, the book gained instant success because it gives both creative and academic writers all the information they need to deliver a persuasive and comprehensive piece of writing. It dictates the right steps that the writers need to follow when writing and the changes they should make to their writing in order to make it persuasive enough. There are user friendly templates designed to improve the writer’s skills, as well as deliver a flawless literary piece.
As compelling as a writing guide book might be, there are some contradictory passages. In the book the author talks about the three common ways to respond to an issue through his writing. One can agree, disagree, or agree and disagree simultaneously. These are some of the familiar choices of response amongst the audience. A response is vital because one has to state their position before they support any ideas that they might have. A response is an avenue through which an individual or the audience responds to an interpretation or opinion.
The author proceeds by explaining that mere disagreement is not satisfactory. One has to provide a claim to support their disagreement; a claim that is valid and concerned with the argument. He continues to state that there are different ways of disagreeing. The most obvious one being that the person disagreeing does not have a valid claim to the disagreement; rather, the information provided has a stunning revelation that led to the disagreement claim.
The one who agrees should also have a valid claim to their argument. This can be done by introducing something new to the conversation and improving on the previously introduced argument. One has to have some difference between their agreement and the opinion with which they are arguing.
The third position is to agree and disagree simultaneously. According to the author, this position allows one to provide a complex and comprehensive argument. This position gets the reader to place themselves on the map of the positions mentally, and invoke a thoughtful response to their argument. However, one might be tempted to stress the importance of one response over the other, hence losing track of their argument. This position allows an individual to state the merits and disadvantages of an argument without firmly and clearly stating their point of argument.
The contradictory part of this passage is the agreement part where the author states that when one is agreeing with an argument or stating a motion for it, they have to introduce something to the argument and enhance the information put forth. However, it is universally accepted that when one offers to agree with another individual, they offer only the information that supports their argument. They do not introduce any new information into the argument. New information causes a rising of another argument, and the participants will digress from the original discussion.
The response of agreeing and disagreeing simultaneously is quite contradictory. Although the author states that this allows the individual to bring a complex argument into the discussion, it is not satisfactory to be uncertain about one’s response. The author states that the responding party will give the pros and cons of the argument and enhance it. However, such approach is contradictory because a relevant argument has to have individuals who either strongly agree or disagree on an issue. If an individual is on the fence about a decision, they will make a stronger argument for one response, and leave the other unsupported.
To sum up, this paper discussed the insight of the different types of responses of which one was not aware. It allows one to study themselves and the manner with which they support a stated argument. Given the information revealed in the above piece of writing, the reader is conscious of the responses they give. It also gives them the chance to develop a valid discussion given any form of argument.