How do you start or begin a counter argument paragraph?

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Mar 4, 2018

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A counter-argument is an additional point which goes against the previous point of a certain question. For example, a question could be "What are your views on ..." where you would state why you think it is good, and then the counter-argument comes in on why you also think a certain thing is bad. Counter-argument sentence starters often start off the paragraph indicating that the new point you are making contradicts the previous point.

Some examples of counter-argument sentence starters are...

"On the other hand...", which shows one point of the argument is one hand, and the other point of the argument being the other hand.

"However...", which would show the two different opposing views of the argument.

This would be in terms of discussing an issue or idea in an exam type question or situation.

In terms of a persuasive speech you could start off with:

"Some people often think that..." For example, if writing a persuasive speech to why smoking should be made illegal you could say. "Some people often think that smoking is done for stress relief, and it can make you lose weight and concentrate" and then keep expanding on your point.

"Others may say that...", where you explain the opposing views on the point, idea, question or situation where there is no straight answer and you have to persuade the reader or listener to go ahead to believing your views and points.

"One may argue that...", where again you explain the opposing view on the situation, explaining what people think and argue against your point. For example, "One may argue that gun laws should be made more strict because of the tragic increase in mass shootings in recent years" as my point would be that there should be no change to gun laws as we need the weapons for protection or vice versa.

"Despite the fact that, people often think..." You would use this when there is factual evidence to back up your point, but to show that even though your point is correct some people still think differently.