How to use a rhetorical technique

How to write rhetorical questions in your own writing: 1.

Be clear about your intention.

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Do not use a phrase you know to be untrue.

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Do NOT use a term you are not familiar with.

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Do say “I know this, but…”

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Avoid the use of common, boring, or irrelevant words.

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Do include a sentence or phrase that would not be difficult to understand.

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Be specific in your use of “this”, “that”, or “such” 8.

If possible, include your name.

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Use descriptive terms.

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Be concise.

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Include your source and location.

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Include an explanation for why you are using a rhetorical tactic.

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Be sure to link to your own work.

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Avoid using the word “fantasy”.

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Use terms that are less formal and more descriptive.

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Include a summary of your own thinking.

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Avoid making vague statements.

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Don’t use “I think so…” to mean “I am certain that you do”.

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If you are writing a thesis, include the thesis title, the name of the author, and the author’s contact information.

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If the work is a scholarly article, include a summary and bibliography.

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Do state why you chose to publish the article in the first place.

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Be brief and direct.

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Do use proper grammar, avoid words that make you sound dumb, and do not use grammatical errors in your writing.

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Avoid excessive use of quotations.

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Do address any comments and criticisms that you receive.

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Include references to other works.

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Do keep your writing clear and concise.

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If using a text-based method of rhetorical analysis, you should also include a short glossary of terms that may be helpful to readers.

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If there is a difference between a rhetorical question and a rhetorical response, it is best to clarify the difference.