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INDEX: Ten Discussion Techniques

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Click on the BLUE headings for each technique:

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Asking someone for their opinion about a topic

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Yes/No Questions

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OR Questions

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WH Questions

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Negative Yes/No Questions

 

 

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Delaying strategies

 

 

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Presenting a number of arguments

 

 

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Giving your opinion about a topic

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Expressing a strong opinion

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Expressing a strong value

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Expressing certainty

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Expressing high probability

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Expressing fair probability

 

 

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Agreeing

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Expressing complete agreement

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Expressing conditional agreement

 

 

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Disagreeing

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Expressing complete disagreement

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Using irony to express disagreement

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Dismissing an argument as irrelevant or improbable

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Disagreeing diplomatically (through doubt

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Disagreeing in part ( appeal to logic )

 

 

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Countering

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Countering directly (through antithesis)

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Countering politely (through agreement followed by antithesis)

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Countering politely (through partial agreement followed by antithesis)

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

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

and antithesis

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Countering using the Negative Yes/No Question

 

 

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Logical argument

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Questions or conclusions based on conditions with "if"

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Questions based on conditions with sentence adverbials "then" and "so"

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Deduced questions and conclusions with sentence adverbials "In that case" and "so"

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Strongly argued questions with "Why"

 

 

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Clarification

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Through short Yes/No Questions inviting illustration or example

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Through "What" or "How" Questions inviting illustration or example

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Through "Why" / "Why not" Questions inviting reason or example

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Through reference to subject

 

 

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Expressing solutions and alternatives


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