Journal 16/“TSIS” – AND YET Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say

In this chapter the author expresses, “is it extremely important that readers be able to tell at every point when you are expressing your own view and when you are stating someone else’s.” (68) It is easy for readers to misinterpret the point in which you are trying to make. It is common to reveal what another author is saying and adding in your own input. In a way, it is as if you are comparing and contrasting two different ideas to make a point of your own. We are often told not speak in the first person but in this case it is acceptable. It ensures the reader that you, the author, is making the specific point and not stating what someone else is saying. There is no confusion when it comes to the word “I” because it cuts straight to the chase about which you are referring to. The author enforces, “make sure that every point your readers can clearly tell who is saying what.” (71) If there is confusion between two points of views, the likeliness of the reader understanding the context in slim to none.

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