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Prescriptive Grammar does more harm than good

belle
PoeJoe

I would like to thank PoeJoe for accepting this debate, as it is something I have been looking forward to debating for some time; it appears I have found a worthy opponent. To start, I shall attempt to make it clear what I mean by prescriptive grammar as opposed to other types. A prescriptive grammar is a set of rules detailing how someone (whoever made those rules) thinks a language should be used, whereas a descriptive grammar is simply a codification of how a language is actually used by...

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Kleptin Tournament: Abortion

Vi_Veri
PoeJoe

Thank you, PoeJoe, for participation in this tournament and for gladly accepting my debate challenge! This is a special debate for Kleptin's special debate tourney: http://www.debate.org/forums/debate.org/topic/5050/ The debate this is based off of is: http://www.debate.org/debates/abortion/10/ Voting rules: "The categories give you 7 points to play with. The contender will always be the one trying to defeat his or her old arguments. "Use the 7 points to show how well t...

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The Relative Pronouns "That" and "Which"

PoeJoe
daniel_t

I strongly affirm the resolution "that the relative pronouns 'that' and 'which' are entirely interchangeable," and thank my opponent for engaging with me in this delightful debate. Note well that this debate does not directly concern conjunctions, pronouns, or determiners. In this debate, we are merely discussing the uses of "that" and "which" as relative pronouns. For those in the audience not familiar with what a "relative pronoun" is, I recommend this webpage: http://englishplus.com/grammar/0...

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The Pronoun "Yall"

PoeJoe
StephenAlsop

I strongly affirm the resolution "that the pronoun 'yall' should be considered acceptable in modern American English," and thank my opponent for engaging with me in this truly controversial and taboo subject. Let's begin. Nowadays, the word "you" can be used for at least three main purposes: 1) Increasingly, even among professional writers and journalists, it is becoming acceptable to use "you" as an indefinite pronoun (e.g. to be emotionally happy, you have to be spiritually happy as w...

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Pedophilia

PoeJoe
Nail_Bat

---- Full Resolution ---- Society should take steps to more accept pedophiles. ---- Introduction ---- + I would like to thank my opponent for joining me in this debate, and I would like to thank the audience for taking the time to read this. Thank you. + I request that the audience please not give either side any sources, arguments, counterarguments, and that the audience please wait to do this after the debate has concluded. + I believe the definitions are straight forward. I don...

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