posted by helen on .
You are writing to a reader who favors a different solution than the one you recommend. Which of the following is MOST likely to persuade the reader?
Describe your reader's solution first, explain why it won't work, and then go on to describe your own solution.
Ignore your opponent's solution and just concentrate on your own.
Describe your own solution first. Then briefly say why your reader's idea won't work.
Go back and forth between solutions, contrasting step by step.
I choose B. Anyone agree?
Either B or D.
Psychologically, it is better to state the positives of the solution (assuming that you can find some), before you state the problems you see and give your solution(s).
Which alternative does this match most closely?