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09/04/2019

what is a concession in a persuasive essay? What is the purpose of a concession?

QUESTION
what is a concession in a persuasive essay? What is the purpose of a concession?

ANSWER
In a persuasive essay you are trying to change someone’s point of view. A concession is when you agree with a certain point of their argument. It’s useful because they will be more willing to listen and less defensive because it makes you seem reasonable and not stubborn or unyeilding.
Take this for example. You are writing an essay on how fast food is actually not bad for you. You say: “Fast food is actually not unhealthy like you might think. Granted, it may not be good to eat it 3 meals a day, but once in a while it actually can be refreshing”

The concession was that it would not be healthy to eat fast food 3 times a day. The audience already knows this and when they hear you say something they already know then they start to agree with you, and hopefully will continue to agree with your other points.