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Devin on November 6, 2019

Spotting the difference between strengthen w/ sufficient vs necessary

Is there a quick and fail safe way of distingushing when it is a strengthen with necessary premise vs strengthen with sufficient premise?


Skylar on November 7, 2019

@devinkramer Thanks for your question.

I found that being aware of common question stems for each category was helpful in distinguishing between the two. Here is a list that you may benefit from familiarizing yourself with.

Strengthen with Necessary Premise:
- The argument depends on assuming which of the following?
- Which is an assumption the argument requires in order for the conclusion to be properly drawn?
- The argument assumes which of the following?

Strengthen with Sufficient Premise:
- The conclusion is properly drawn if the argument assumes which of the following?
- The conclusion follows logically if which is assumed?
- Which of the following, if true, enables the conclusion to be properly drawn?

Does this help? Let us know if you have additional questions!

Devin on November 7, 2019

That does help thank you!!

on March 2, 2021

Can you explain how to navigate the difference between strengthen with sufficient premise and just a normal strengthen? It seems they have similar language in the question stems.