How do you ask your parents for a laptop in a persuasive essay?This laptop is mainly for school work.  

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The key to a persuasive argument of any kind is evidence.  The first thing you want to do is provide convincing evidence to show your parents why getting you a laptop is a good thing.  Your first argument, that the laptop will be used for school, is great. I would expand on that argument with convincing evidence.  Here are some examples.

  1. If I use the laptop, I won’t hog the family computer.


Let’s say your household has one computer and everyone uses it.  You can get in trouble for interfering with other people’s work.  The laptop of your own solves that problem.


  1. I will get better grades if I use the laptop.

Of course your parents want you to get good grades!  A laptop will give you time to slow down and do better work.  You’ll also have access to great resources like enotes that are grade savers!


  1. I will be responsible with the laptop.

I am sure this is your parents’ main concern.  Remind them you can get a laptop for a few hundred dollars now, so it’s not as big as risk as they might think.  Tell them you’ll keep it only in your room, or in a common room, and so you won’t move it around a lot and risk dropping it.


With these convincing arguments, or others you can think of now, I am sure you’ll be cruising through enotes on your new laptop in no time!