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What about the future? If someone is talking about what will happen tomorrow, you might think it must be an argument. Explanations are about undisputed facts, and arguments are about judgments and opinions. Can there be a fact about something that has not even happened yet? The answer is yes. Just because you see the words "tomorrow," "next week," or "some day," does not mean you are looking at an argument.

Here are a few examples of explanadums about the future:

This fall, the leaves will turn color before dropping to the ground.

Someday, we will all die.

I am going to get my hair cut next week.

The point is that facts are not just about things that have already happened. There are many things about the future that we can accept with certainty. Do not be fooled by references to the future. When you pay careful attention to the context of the argument or explanation, you can tell the difference between the two, regardless of whether they have to do with last week or next week.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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