Which of the three sentences is best?
A. They’re not using the technology to replace their real-world social life; they’re using technology to augment it.
B. They’re not using technology to replace their real-world social life; instead, technology is simply augmenting their social life.
C. They’re not using the technology to replace their real-world social life; they’re using technology to augment their real-world social life.
Most students pick A because it is the most clear and most concise sentence. It is and example of a balanced sentence: a sentence with two parallel independent clauses.
It is also a very effective sentence for making a counterargument. The opponent's argument is set-up in the first clause and then countered in the second clause.
Assignment: Write a balanced sentence that reveals a contrast or that makes a counterargument.
They’re not wasting time watching football; they’re savoring time, sharing the game they love.
It’s not a tax increase; it’s a revenue enhancement.
Essential Question: How can a balanced sentence be used to make a counterargument?
Terms to know: Parallelism, balanced sentence, anaphora, counterargument