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Unformatted text preview: ments 1 and 2 are premises, and statement 3 is the conclusion. Distinguishing premises from conclusions is a skill that requires both practice and close attention to the nuances of language. Here are some tips that will help you separate premises from conclusions:
1. Look for premise indicators--words like because, since, for, and given that--that provide clues when premises are being offered. 1. Look for conclusion indicators--words like therefore, thus, hence, and so--that provide clues when conclusion indicators are being offered. 3. If the passage contains no indicator words, try these two strategies: a. Ask yourself, "What claim is the writer or speaker trying to prove?" That claim will be the conclusion. b. Try putting the word "therefore" before each of the statements in turn. The statement it fits best...
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