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Tuesday, 29 January 2013


1)Why is it important to apply PACC when communicating in different social situations.

2)If a majority of your classmates hold a certain view about a controversial topic, while you hold on opposing view, how would you convey your thoughts politely.

3)What are  the possible repercussions if the tone and register are used wrongly?


1)Without PACC , we cannot communicate with anyone appropriately. For example, when we are are talking to strangers at a formal party, we cannot talk to them as if we had known them for years and use slang words as it would be inappropriate.

 2) I am sorry and I am not trying to offend you but I have a different view on this matter.

3)If we use informal informal tone in a situation where we should use formal tone, the audience might think that we are being rude to them. 

Correct answer:
It is important to apply P.A.C.C when communicating as the register (Formal or Informal) will depend on the audience. Tone depends on Purpose and Context. So, we will not be able to communicate effectively using the right Tone and Register if we are unaware of the Purpose, Audience and and Context.
If I appose a certain view, then I must let the whole class know politely. The Register needs to be formal and the Tone must be firm yet respectful (and not offending or demeaning).  For Content, phrases like ‘I beg to differ’, ‘In my humble opinion’ e.t.c may be used. Proper reasons must also be provided.  Last but not the least, we also listen to what others have to say.
If Tone and Register are used wrongly, the end result of the discussion may be disastrous. We need to keep in mind that even though we may hold a different view point from the rest of the classmates, we need to be respectful, polite, yet firm. We cannot, under any circumstance, hurt or demean others (In this case, our friends). So, the discussion may end in a fight/quarrel which in turn will damage relationships. 

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