They Say, I Say is the best book I know of to improve your writing, since it quickly allows you to incorporate academic writing structures into your own writing." Ok - assuming you've gotten started on that, let's take a look at a sample argument prompt from ETS's website and analyze a GRE argument essay written in response to that prompt: "In surveys Mason City residents rank water sports (swimming, boating and fishing) among their favorite recreational activities.
The Mason River flowing through the city is rarely used for these pursuits, however, and the city park department devotes little of its budget to maintaining riverside recreational facilities.
Speaking of the insructions, I think it is important to reproduce them here, before we go on with the essay: Super Corp recently moved its headquarters to Corporateville.
The recent surge in the number of homeowners in Corporateville prove that Corporateville is a superior place to live then Middlesburg, the home of Super Corp’s current headquarters.
Here's an example from that same essay:"Building upon the implication that residents do not use the river due to the quality of the river's water and the smell, the author suggests that a river clean up will result in increased river usage."Here, the writer has noticed that the author of the argument uses a conclusion about residents' use of the river to support cleaning up the river.
In doing so, the writer conveys to the reader that he or she understands the argument's structure - how the author of the argument has constructed a line of reasoning to support the argument's conclusion.Just like the Issue essay, the more compelling and insightful your writing is, the better your grade will be.Again, think about a mixture of breadth and deeper elaboration.Try looking for places in an argument in which the author is making a conclusion based on a premise - these are sometimes indicated by transitions that indicate cause and effect (therefore, in response).Be sure to explain the implications of your analysis of the argument's reasoning to the efficacy of the argument.Moreover, Middleburg is a predominately urban area and according to an employee survey, Super Corp has determined that its workers prefer to live in an area that is not urban.Finally, Corporateville has lower taxes than Middlesburg, making it not only a safer place to work but also a cheaper one.Now that we’ve identified the assumption it is time to write the essay. One thing of note: you do not need to come up with as many assumptions as possible. And remember, you need to be persuasive, so do not simply list your assumptions without pointing out why they are assumptions and how they weaken the argument.Also, do not at any point suggest that the argument has any merits.Therefore, Supercorp clearly made the best decision.“Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument.Be sure to explain how the argument depends on the assumptions and what the implications are if the assumptions prove unwarranted.”With that out of the way, let’s start with the Intro. In fact, the intro for the Argument should really not contain any novel ideas.