In argumentative speech and writing, the speaker or writer makes an argument supported by claims, or evidence. Sometimes, the writer or speaker also includes a concession, which is when the opposing viewpoint is acknowledged. By making a concession to the opponent, the speaker or writer lets readers know that he or she has considered the other side of the argument and understands it. This makes the overall argument stronger.
A teenager arguing to her parents that she needs a cell phone makes the following concession:
I know that you think I will just use the phone to text during class and call friends instead of doing homework. Could we agree to let me try the phone for a month, and if I do these things, you can take the phone away?
A politician arguing that his country needs to send troops into a warzone makes the following concession:
I know that any time we send troops into harm's way, it is a risk that some will not come back. However, there are innocent women and children being murdered, and we cannot stand idly by. Our men and women wear the uniform for just such a time as this.
A businessman making a proposal for a new skin product makes the following concession: This is a tough market, with many skin care products already out there. However, this product is different-it provides the same level of advanced skin care for a fraction of the cost.
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