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Writing Prompt: Reasonable, Practical or Fair?


Electrician Ryan Merchant, a diabetic, finds a medical tattoo to be more practical, and safer, than the metal alert bracelet he used to wear. (VOA/A. Greenbaum)

Electrician Ryan Merchant, a diabetic, finds a medical tattoo to be more practical, and safer, than the metal alert bracelet he used to wear. (VOA/A. Greenbaum)

Recently we heard three office workers (a man and two women) talking as they walked on the street in Washington. The conversation was spirited. It sounded like they were discussing a work-related issue. One said "it" -- whatever "it" was -- needed to be "reasonable." Another said it needed to be "practical." The third said it needed to be "fair." Perhaps they were talking about a requirement or a plan.

Surely the best thing is for something to be reasonable and practical and fair. But what if you could only choose one quality? What if something had to be reasonable or practical or fair? In your opinion, which is most important, or does it depend on the situation? Choose a specific example to support your arguments.

This is our writing prompt this week, to give you a chance to practice your writing, and to give other learners a chance to comment on your writing.

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