There are two sides to a debate:
“I am in favor of increasing the speed limits in Japan. We can drive faster and still be safe.”
“I am against increasing the speed limits in Japan. There are too many accidents now!”
The Pro side:
The people who like the idea are in favor of the idea.
The people who like the idea are for the idea
The Con side:
The people who don’t like the idea are opposed to the idea.
The people who don’t like the idea are against the idea.
Pro and Con Language
Someone makes a proposal, e.g. “Let’s build a new apartment building there.”
Someone makes a suggestion, e.g. “What if we made the driving age 25?”
Someone has an idea, e.g. “It would be good if Japan stopped using gasoline.”
Vocabulary and Patterns
Wind Farms: pro and con conversation
|Wind farms are good because they don’t pollute the atmosphere.
|Well, they don’t pollute the air, but they do change the landscape.
That’s visual pollution!
|Wind farms are not such a good idea. They can’t produce enough power for cities.
|Wind power systems nowadays don’t produce enough power, but the technology is improving. In Denmark in 2017, wind power produced 44% of the county’s power.1
|Wind farms harm nature. In the US, wind farms kill between 20,000 and 573,000 birds per year.2
|That’s too bad, I agree. But it’s not a big problem like global warming.
I hope we can find a way to protect birds.
Writing Pro and Con Arguments
Proposal: “Broadcast radio should be eliminated.”
Here are some arguments for and against the proposal. Which are strong and which are weak?
You try: Make Pro and Con arguments
Proposal: “People should travel abroad rather than domestically. “
Proposal: “You should leave your boyfriend or girlfriend if they cheat even once.“
Proposal: “Every young person should serve in the military for two years.“