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In high school, constructive speeches are 8 minutes long; in college, they are 9 minutes.
In general, constructive arguments are the only time that a team can make new arguments. The last four speeches of the debate are reserved for refutations of arguments already made.
In current policy debate, the "first affirmative constructive" (1AC) is used to present the "plan". Whether or not all new "off-case arguments" must be presented in the "first negative constructive" is a point of contention.
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