Advertisements Advertisements are a special type of persuasive writing. Their purpose is to sell a product or a service. They do this by aiming at a particular type of customer. They use carefully chosen, positive language. They appeal to some aspect of the reader’s personality. They try to make the reader believe that their product will make them: The envy of all their friends! They use carefully chosen language to appeal to their target audience. Guaranteed Result They promise: • to cure all your ailments; • To solve all your problems; • To change your life for the better. They make you feel that you can’t live without it. How do they attract your attention and stick in your memory? • They can use humour to get you in a good mood; • They ask questions to hook you in; • They appeal to your senses; • They use alliteration, rhyme or a play on words to create a memorable slogan; • They persuade you to imagine yourself using their product; • They make you feel special. Advertisements They contain a mix of facts and persuasive comment. They focus on the positive and ignore the negative. They use exaggerated language, full of adjectives and adverbs to paint an appealing picture. They start sentences with the imperative. They ask rhetorical questions. They use memorable images and slogans. Their sole purpose is to convince the reader to buy their product.
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