Detecting Arguments

Assignment 1: Detecting Arguments
This assignment is due on . Post your responses to the Discussion Area. Your readings for this
module covered argument structures, nonstatements, premises, and conclusions. For each of the
sentences below, determine if it is an argument. For those that are arguments, identify the
premises and the conclusion.
With regard to argumentation, define what a premise and conclusion are.
1. She is from Minnesota, so we know that she is nice.
2. How can the paper be due today? Today is Tuesday!
3. I won’t eat broccoli. Broccoli is yucky.
4. The park was beautiful, with trees, flowers, and buzzing bees. The bright flashes of the wings
of dragonflies were everywhere.
5. Get your work done now!
6. We studied hard, did all the exercises, and practiced all the proficiencies. Thus, there is no way
that we will fail this course.
7. She was laughing and thus having fun.
8. Why are we looking for premises and conclusions?
9. Many teachers do not know whether students have too much homework, too little, or just
enough.

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