argument/point

libo_hefei

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Chinese
I came across a sentence when taking the exam of TEM-4.
The _______ that sport builds character is well accepted by people nowadays.
To complete the sentence, which word shall we choose, argument or point?
Is there anyone who can help? Thanks.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    They only gave you two choices? I wouldn't choose either, in protest. :)

    The first word that came to mind before I saw your answers was "belief." But there are other words that would fit.
     

    libo_hefei

    Member
    Chinese
    They only gave you two choices? I wouldn't choose either, in protest. :)

    The first word that came to mind before I saw your answers was "belief." But there are other words that would fit.
    Another two choices are "issue" and "sentence", which are obviously wrong.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Point makes it sound like "Sport builds character" was never in doubt as a true saying, while argument suggests there has been discussion of the idea -- Does sport build character? -- and that many people today believe that it does.
     

    Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I think point could work, in the right context.
    The wider argument could be about whether and how sport is good for you.
    Within that argument, one might want to make the point that sport builds character, and this point could be undisputed ("well accepted").
     

    libo_hefei

    Member
    Chinese
    I think point could work, in the right context.
    The wider argument could be about whether and how sport is good for you.
    Within that argument, one might want to make the point that sport builds character, and this point could be undisputed ("well accepted").
    Thank you.
    Language is tricky, we have to say.
     
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