As the title says, is there word for presenting two arguments and letting the reader draw their own conclusions from that? For example, let's say that someone has asked for my thoughts on restaurants A and B. If I said that A was good for a, b, and c, and B was good because of d, e, and f, then let the person asking make their own decision. Is there even a name for this? I feel like it's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't think of what it's called.


  • is the repeated 'c' argument a feature, or do you mean 'd, e and f'?
    – JMP
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:35
  • @JonMarkPerry Oops, I'll fix that now.
    – nas
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:50
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    You're presenting a balanced argument. But I'd just go with 'weighing up the pro's and cons' in this conversational register. Once I'd checked to see if pro's is one of those extremely rare plurals that can be formed using an apostrophe. Mar 16, 2015 at 15:14
  • @EdwinAshworth Yeah, it seems like that's what I'm going to have to call it. Thanks!
    – nas
    Mar 16, 2015 at 18:50
  • @Edwin Ashworth: Why would you think pros might have an apostrophe when cons doesn't? Does it just "look wrong" without it? Like "dos and dont's" Jul 4, 2015 at 8:40

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Here are some single word choices for presenting two choices equally: unbiased, impartial, nonpartisan, neutral.


I'd probably use something like "I gave him the full skinny on either" here.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

n 1: confidential information about a topic or person; "he wanted the inside skinny on the new partner"

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