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A Manual for English Language Laboratories by D. Sudha Rani

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Debate

INTRODUCTION

A debate is a contest or event where two or more speakers speak for and against an issue and try to persuade each other using logical argumentation. A debate is judged by one or more judges on how well thought out a person’s arguments are, and how well he presents himself in terms of language. The use of formal language is, therefore, unavoidable in debates. Debates have been a part of human society since ancient times, and in many democratic nations like India there are debating societies for discussing different issues.

Depending on the time given for preparation to the participants, we can categorize debates into three categories.

The first one is a debate where the topic is announced much in advance, so that the participants ...

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