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Homework Help: Critical Thinking

Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 3:22pm.

Week 2: DQ #2 Credibility Due Thursday

Read the following discussion question response written by Owen, a fictional Axia student. Identify areas of vagueness and ambiguity and discuss how you could clarify the emailís message using the writing principles addressed in the text.

Hi class,
I donít have a lot of time to explain but off the top of my head answer is as a reader critical thinking affects me all ways. Not just reading but writing too. Sometimes what I read I must write about later like this discussion question so clearly I have to read. Clear writing is the hardest thing in the world.

Though I donít the average writer has to write business rapports which can build report and be inter personal. In critical writing, writers construct sentences with clear intentions.

Business people write fast because the business people I know are always in a hurry.
Business reading is reports, memos and articles. My aunt is a university professor and she writes articles for journals. She is smart and a better writer than my uncle who is a businessman. So critical writers are better than business writers. But critical writing like argumentative essays have structure, so business writing has structure too. Itís not a matter of one kind of writing being harder than the other itís that the structure is harder.

Thanks,
Owen

The following sentences are vague sentences:

I donít have a lot of time to explain but off the top of my head answer is as a reader critical thinking affects me all ways.

Sometimes what I read I must write about later like this discussion question so clearly I have to read.

So critical writers are better than business writers


The following sentences contain semantic ambiguity Ė (a claim that is ambiguous because it contains an ambiguous word or phrase)

She is smart and a better writer than my uncle who is a businessman.

Itís not a matter of one kind of writing being harder than the other itís that the structure is harder.

The following sentences contain syntactic ambiguity (a statement that is ambiguous because of its grammar or the way it has been structured or put together)

Clear writing is the hardest thing in the world.

Though I donít the average writer has to write business rapports which can build report and be inter personal

Business people write fast because the business people I know are always in a hurry

My aunt is a university professor and she writes articles for journals.

The following sentences contain grouping ambiguity (a statement where you cannot define what the claim is.)

But critical writing like argumentative essays have structure, so business writing has structure too.

(I am doing okay with re-writing the sentences, but I am not sure if I have identified them correctly. Thank you for all your help)

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