Q. How to tell the difference between a refutation and a counterargument?


The short answer is that you need both of them in an argumentative essay and the counterargument comes before the refutation.  For other sources for your essays, visit the ENG 1020 research guide.

A counterargument is:

  • Usually a paragraph or so which outlines for the reader arguments that the "other side" would make on the topic at hand.
  • Evidence that shows the reader that the writer understands the topic at hand and is interested in examining it from many possible angles.
  • A section of the argument that your side is wrong and the other side is right.

A refutation:

  • Comes after the counterargument.
  • Uses credible evidence to prove that it is actually the counterargument that is wrong.

Here is a pretty good explanation with an example.

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  1. Thank you for clearly explaining the difference between two...u helped understanding these better
    by Hira on Jul 01, 2015.

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