So your television set can be your warning device that tells you when to dive

So your television set can be your warning device

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up the current given off by the twister. So your television set can be your warning device that tells you when to dive for the cellar. —Adapted from Cecil Adams, The Straight Dope
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Exercises 2. It’s true that you can use your television set to tell when a tornado is approaching. The reason is that tornadoes make an electrical disturbance in the 55 megahertz range, which is close to the band assigned to channel 2. If you know how to do it, you can get your set to pick up the current given off by the twister. So your television set can be your warning device that tells you when to dive for the cellar. This passage might be taken as an explanation, but it is also an argument, since it is clearly designed to convince us that its main point is correct.
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Exercises 3. Some of these guys who do Elvis Presley imitations actually pay more for their outfits than Elvis paid for his! Anybody who would spend thousands just so he can spend a few minutes not fooling anybody into thinking he’s Elvis is nuts.
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Exercises 3. Some of these guys who do Elvis Presley imitations actually pay more for their outfits than Elvis paid for his! Anybody who would spend thousands just so he can spend a few minutes not fooling anybody into thinking he’s Elvis is nuts. No argument. No connection is made between the cost of the outfits and the psychological deficiencies of Elvis impersonators.
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Exercises 4. You’d better not pet that dog. She looks friendly, but she’s been known to bite.
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Exercises 4. You’d better not pet that dog. She looks friendly, but she’s been known to bite. Argument
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Exercises Which speakers give arguments for their positions?
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Exercises larry: Before we go to Hawaii, let’s go to a tanning salon and get a tan. Then we won’t look like we just got off the plane, plus we won’t get sunburned while we’re over there. laurie: I don’t know . . . I read that those places can be dangerous. And did you ever check out how much they cost? Let’s let it go.
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Exercises larry: Before we go to Hawaii, let’s go to a tanning salon and get a tan. Then we won’t look like we just got off the plane, plus we won’t get sunburned while we’re over there. laurie: I don’t know . . . I read that those places can be dangerous. And did you ever check out how much they cost? Let’s let it go. Larry and Laurie are both giving arguments.
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Exercises 2. she: When you think about it, there’s every reason why women soldiers shouldn’t serve in combat. he: Well, I don’t think anyone should have to serve in combat. I wouldn’t make anyone serve who doesn’t want to.
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Exercises 2. she: When you think about it, there’s every reason why women soldiers shouldn’t serve in combat. he: Well, I don’t think anyone should have to serve in combat. I wouldn’t make anyone serve who doesn’t want to.
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