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COUNTERING

 

Look at the list of 28 topics. Listen to the extracts in this section and repeat after the speaker. As you repeat, write down the name or number of the topic which is being discussed. Each extract is repeated twice.

7.1

Countering directly (through antithesis)

02

But fox-hunting is part of country life. Itís one of our traditions.

08

But public transport is expensive and inconvenient.

13

But English has borrowed from the Romans, the Vikings, the Saxons and the French

24

But freight trains canít deliver goods from door to door

18

But who can say that we will develop into civilized beings? Surely, God has the right to cut his losses!

22

But why play the gold medalistsí national anthems and why wear stars and stripes on your swimming costumes?

02

But if you worked on a farm and your chickens were killed by foxes, youíd think differently.

04

But if you detect more crimes, youíll still need prisons.

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But if you followed that line to its logical conclusion, youíd pardon all criminals.

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But surely, you can see what youíre getting in the holiday brochure.

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But surely, if you raise benefits too high, people wouldnít bother to work.

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But surely, the canal system is much too slow for industry today

7.2

Countering politely (through agreement followed by antithesis)

25

Well yes, but if you visit it in June, itís extremely beautiful.

01

Yes, but a serious astrologer would want to know a personís exact date of birth, not just their star sign.

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Yes, but remember that prisons are often schools for criminals.

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Yes, but we measure our superiority in different ways. Ours is cultural and historical. We believe weíre more civilized.

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Yes, but it isnít that women donít want to work. For a start, they suffer more discrimination in the work-place.

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Yes, but other things happen in the world which arenít violent.

7.3

Countering politely (through partial agreement followed by antithesis)

09

That may be so, but traditional costumes were made to be worn more than once.

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That may be true, but then youíre inviting political conflict. Who is going to decide whether North American culture is superior to Chinese culture?

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That may be so, but for most people the whole point of marriage is to live together and raise a family.

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That might have been the case once, but you forget that mega-stars like Pelé and Ali were the products. They could pull crowds and make vast sums of money.

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Well, maybe they do, but theyíve got to learn to live together. Iím against all forms of segregation.

22

You may be right about sport and politics, but it can work both ways.

7.4

Countering using "well" both to cast doubt and for antithesis

 

[ Repeat the part of the second speaker ONLY. ]

03

Think of all the money thatís spent in the souvenir shops of these galleries and museums.

Well you might as well argue that the government should subsidize all shops.

11

But under the patientsí charter, hospitals are meant to treat you within a certain time.

Well, you know how they get round that one. They make you wait for months before they put you on the waiting list.

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Nobody has to suffer. Everybody is free to choose between right and wrong.

Well, that depends on whether we really have free will.

7.5

Countering using "after all" "at least" "even so" both for concession and antithesis

 

[ Repeat after the speaker ]

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Why shouldnít they? If theyíre any good, then surely theyíll survive. After all, these songs have been handed down for generations.

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What if the employers decide to introduce new working practices? After all, things canít remain the same for ever.

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The films we see on TV donít go that far. At least thereís some censorship.

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But at least itís culture free. With Esperanto as the world language, no country would be accused of exporting both its language and its culture.

01

Well, even so, why should the exact positions of the Sun, Moon and other planets on your date of birth have any connection whatsoever with your personality and the future course of your life?

06

Even so, not all Third World countries are food producers. The hamburger farms of those that are, make very wasteful use of the land and the profits go mainly to foreign investors

7.6

Countering using the Negative Yes/No Question

 

[ Repeat the negative questions ONLY ]

14

Then some people will be out of a job - they could be either women or men.

Arenít they more often women?

28

The elderly are often confused by modern telephones and automatic switchboards.

I wonder whether thatís the case. Isnít it rather that they enjoy getting out and about instead of sitting next to a telephone? Donít you think theyíre right to be suspicious of technology which is turning us all into screen-gazers and zombies?

16

Well, it may not be owned, but it is controlled by a Board of Governors appointed by the Prime Minister.

Donít you think thereís a danger of self-censorship?

08

Drivers who want more than their rations would have to pay a much higher rate for the extra. The profit could be used to develop environmentally clean vehicles and fast efficient railway networks.

Donít you think youíre being unfair to the private motorist and what about the car industry?

07

Clearly, a coeducational environment promotes understanding between boys and girls. Itís far more natural.

Donít you think they distract one another when they become teenagers?

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The Liberal Democrats want more or less the same as New Labour, though they are more eager to change the voting system.

Donít you think the vision of the three major parties is more or less the same?

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