Basic Principles of Composition

February 23, 2010

Plausible They Say’s

Filed under: Homework 4 — crcooley @ 12:07 pm

A. They say:  The media states that the Ohio groundwater is healthy for human consumption.

I Say: Our experiments suggest that there are dangerous levels of Chemical X in the Ohio groundwater.

B. They Say: This novel is portrayed to be accurate and immaculate.

I Say:  My own view is that this novel has certain flaws.

C. They Say:  People in Pittsburgh are die hard football fans.

I Say: Football is so boring.

D. They Say:  Female students are extremely well at debating.

I Say:  Male students often dominate class discussions.

E. They Say:  The newly released film depicted the positive aspects of romantic relationships.

I Say:  In my view the film is really about the problems of romantic relationships.

F. They Say:  The templates used in this book will help get you to exercise your mind, and use your creativity.

I Say: I’m afraid that templates like the ones in this book will stifle my creativity.

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1 Comment »

  1. In each of these examples, the “I say” statements are presented as direct responses to claims you’ve written yourself — the “They say” statements. Your grammar and other elements of usage ar very good, too, with a few small exceptions: for example, you would say either that “Female students debate extremely well” OR that “Female students are extremely good at debating”. “Well” is the adverb form of “good”.

    Comment by Mike Bennett — February 23, 2010 @ 12:16 pm | Reply


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