The main purpose of a persuasive essay is to persuade the reader that certain point of view, idea or though is correct while another one (or more than one) is wrong. If, however, you are given an MLA persuasive essay to write, it means that the teacher is more concerned about the correctness of your MLA formatting. Taking into account that MLA (Modern Language Association) style is one of the most popular nowadays and is informally accepted as the default one in humanities, it is a good idea to learn something about it. The majority of tips on writing persuasive essay in MLA format you may find in a corresponding manual, so we will accentuate some less often mentioned details:
- If the number is less than hundred it should be written by means of words. Exceptions: sums of money, dimensions of things.
- People are supposed to be mentioned by their last names. Nevertheless, when you mention them for the first time, better use full names plus years of life in brackets. It concerns primarily not very well known people and the ones bearing the same or similar names in order to tell them apart.
- Try not to use vague generalized terms and everything of this kind, for example, expressions like “as it is commonly known”, “As it is easy to understand”. It is the best way not to persuade the reader.
In fact, to write an MLA persuasive essay one doesn’t need to know all the tips and tricks. It is enough to understand what you are writing about and what are you going to tell and have a manual in order to clear up any less definite points. We hope that these few hints will be of help in writing your persuasive essay of MLA format.