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"Something won't happen because something is good." It seems the 'something is good' would affect the first 'Something' negatively but doesn't

I am writing about minimal web design, and these are the first lines I wrote: Minimalism was one of the major web design trends throughout the 2010s. And it likely won't fade away in the 2020s because ...
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What are syntactic structures?

I was hoping you could help me clarify what the term syntactic structure refers to. I came across a question about which syntactic structures play a certain syntactic function (verb, object, etc.) in ...
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What are parts of writing like "statement", "assertion", "argument", "hypothesis", etc collectively called?

Consider the following made up paragraph Suppose I give you a word, any word. Would you be able to make sense of it? Is it even possible to make sense of a word without surrounding context? I do not ...
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What is this type of argument called? Commonly used today

For example: I'm sure all of the republicans crying & lying about "vaccine passports" were out in the streets fighting to change the laws that said HIV+ people weren't allowed to enter ...
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What are the differences between the following? [duplicate]

What are the differences between: I did this for the first time in Tibet. I did this in Tibet for the first time. Which one should I use if I have done 'this' before, but it is my first time doing '...
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definition and usage for whipsaw?

My understanding of the whipsaw term is that can, according to Wiktionary, be used rhetorically as in these examples: verb (transitive) To defeat someone in two different ways at once. 2014 November ...
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Is there a name for a rhetorical technique where a deceptive exaggeration is used openly and with admission in order to effect a desired emotion?

I'm talking about a specific usage of language where the deceit is passive and consistent - an arguer might use an exaggerated word, or a word entirely incorrectly, to alter an audience's reception to ...
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Sentence structure: As ... as ... is, ... could be even worse / better / more [duplicate]

Tell me the meaning & structure of the sentence. Normally as ... adj/adv ... as is used for comparison between two items, as cool as a cucumber. As dangerous a threat as North Korea is, some ...
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Make a guess about historic events

I am wondering what's the right structure to make a speculation about a past event. I have a GRE writing in which I've put forth a few speculations which could weaken the argument. I've tried to use a ...
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Adjunct or Argument: "The bird flew over the lake"

In the title sentence, does "over the lake" serve as an adjunct or an optional argument? Here are the tests I tried using, though they weren't very enlightening beyond giving what kind of argument it ...
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Term for the "extreme-extension" version of a straw man fallacy?

Take the most obvious, unimpeachable statement imaginable: Drinking water is good for humans. I am looking for a word that describes the action of taking the argument, applying some unreasonable ...
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Word for a style of argument pre-excluding a particular answer as impossible

I'm not sure if this is a type of fallacy, or merely a noun or adjective for a type of (obstinate) argument. I'm looking for a word that describes a situation where a person is demanding an answer or ...
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Indirect object pronoun before direct object

I have seen a few people say that indirect objects that are in the form of a pronoun should be placed before the direct object in a sentence. Why is that? I didn’t know it mattered. For example: “I ...
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What is this statement being used as?

In composing a written response to a comparison that has been made, I've become a bit stumped. In the statement, the latter claims superiority over the former, based upon the self-identified qualities ...
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Are "subject" and "object" syntactic classifications?

I would like to know where the classification of Arguments such as subject, object... comes from. I know that the roles classifications come from Thematic roles; however, how about those mentioned ...
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Argumentation - [We provide X] [because of Y] or vice versa?

When writing academic (technical) texts I often encounter situations where our solution has some cool property X because we did Y. Is it better to write the reason first or after the argument? ...
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A phrase or word that is like "on the other hand" but for opposite ideas supporting the same argument [closed]

A sentence such as "I should go cycling because my head says it is good for my longevity and on the other hand in my heart I am passionate about it" does not make much sense. On the one hand the ...
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Usage of a commonly accepted proverb to disregard someone's opinion

I am looking for a term (or a sentence) that would describe a figure of speech where one individual use a commonly accepted proverb (or thick concept or other) in order to disregard someone's opinion ...
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Term for discrediting an entire argument based on discrediting a single point of it

I'm trying to think of the name of this fallacy, and it's driving me crazy. The typical situation is this: I make a claim, and list several examples supporting this claim. Someone then discredits one ...
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What is it called to argue in favor of something one actually opposes

What is it called when someone pretends to support ideas they oppose in order to ridicule those ideas and cast them in a negative light to others? For example Stephen Colbert used to argue in favor ...
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Term for when someone falsely accuses you of doing to them what they are actually doing to you

UPDATE: (2018-02-08) Pot-Calling-The-Kettle-Black (PCKB) reconsideration and another example: The Wikipedia article on PCKB indicates something interesting. It says that originally, the term was ...
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What does the term sophistry mean today? [closed]

Does the term sophistry as it is used today demand intentional deception or does it also include well-crafted arguments based on faulty assumptions or the use of flawed reasoning? I just glanced at ...
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I am wondering what it is called when an argument or description uses what the thing is not to expose a point or concept

This is useful when trying to expose on an abstract concept or something that is not a commonly understood. so contracting the difference between complimentary phenomena that are defined. It directs ...
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Is there a word or idiom to describe an attempt to win an argument through the introduction of a concept outside the grasp of the opponent?

Is there a word or idiom to describe an attempt to win an argument through the introduction of a concept or word that is intellectually outside the grasp of the opponent? For example, after a ...
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Is there a name for an argument that is also a counter-argument?

A person states an argument to support a position, but that argument could equally support the opposite position. Is there a name for such an argument? Or a phrase to describe the concept?
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What fallacy is this? "Your argument is wrong/invalid because it's just an opinion."

I encounter this fallacy frequently in online discussions where an opponent completely disregards all of my premises and says my conclusion is invalid because it's an "opinion" and "not objective." ...
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2 words that describes a keeping an argument on track

I have an interest in philosophy, argument, and reason. The problem I'm having is I take on all kinds of opponents and so sometimes when I'm reasoning with people that aren't accustomed to how ...
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Logical fallacy brain-freeze

There must be a name for this sort of after-the-fact non-argument. Sorry, this is the only way I could find to describe it. Debbie finds a kitten. Kitten has been burned over half its body, but it's ...
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what is the name or term for someone with a faulty way of arguing?

What would be the term for some one. for example , who starts an argument by suggesting something absurd, or exaggerated - then as soon as i begin to speak OR begin to point out how obvious the ...
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Responding with a basic fact to imply a point of view is clearly flawed or wrong

What is a word or concept that describes a situation where one person puts forth a point of view, and another person does not directly address the position, but instead responds with an obvious, basic ...
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What is this type of argument called?

There is a kind of argument that goes like this: x is good because if x were not there, y would be bad. What is this kind of argument called? I learned about this in school but forget the name of ...
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*of* complements with psych-verbs

Consider three different uncontroversial functional categories of of PP complements. 1. Privative function ...of African slave-traders despoiled of their prey and thirsting for blood. The ...
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