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Dennis on January 23, 2018

Conclusion Versus Principle

In the 4th question about Mark and it being morally wrong to tell his mother the lie that he told, I identified the premise as the conclusion and the conclusion as the premise. This lead me to the answer E instead of D. I have noticed in my other studies that in these types of questions, if I get them wrong that is what I do. I have the idea and the premise backwards, especially in questions where there is only one premise. Are there any other additional things I should be looking for in order to identify those things correctly?

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Mehran on January 24, 2018

Hey there! Practice is key here. For each and every stimulus, make yourself identify whether it is an argument, and if it is, underline what you think the conclusion is. Remember that a conclusion is supported by one or more premises. Sometimes (but not always) conclusions are introduced by words like "thus," "therefore," "hence," "accordingly" or "so." Premises are introduced by words like "since," or "because," for example.

As you have noticed, on those questions where you misidentify either the conclusion or the premise(s), you often end up with the wrong answer. Studying these mistakes, and looking hard at each and every stimulus, will allow you, over time, to develop confidence in your ability to correctly identify these key argument components.

Sierra on April 5, 2018

I'm having trouble keeping the premise and conclusion straight on this question, too. Is it not true that "speaking falsely is morally wrong" is a broader statement that's supported by the anecdotal story about Mark?

Karry on January 12 at 03:18AM

Also wondering why "speaking falsely is morally wrong" is not the conclusion?