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on March 26 at 04:18PM

premise = evidence=example=background information?

Hello, on example 2 in the video, I believe you mention that all the answer chocies say that the example is a premise because these answers are all equal premise: "evidence" "background information" and "example." I just want to verify that I understood you correctly. If it is a piece of evidence does that mean that it is always a premise?

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on March 26 at 04:45PM

Also, in the next example, you said "phenomenon just means thing" do you say this to mean that the term "phenomenon" may be used by LSAC to be a conclusion, subsidiary conclusion, OR premise?

Shunhe on March 27 at 12:56PM

Hi @kendalla14,

Thanks for the question! There are really only three kinds of statements in LSAT passages: premises, conclusions, and subsidiary conclusions. A premise on the LSAT is basically just any statement of fact that supports the conclusion. In other words, it could be a statement that provides evidence, background information, or is an example. Any statement that is not a conclusion in the passage will basically be a premise, though some might be subsidiary conclusions—these are premises that are supported by other premises, but which go on to support the main conclusion. So a piece of evidence presented in the passage will always be a premise, yes.

I can’t see where you’re referring to when you say that someone says “phenomenon just means thing,” but I assume that the person was talking about the word “phenomenon” as it appears in a given question and just simplifying that word for the sake of explanation. I can’t really think of any examples where the LSAT would use the word “phenomenon” to refer to conclusion/subsidiary conclusion/premise. Definitely not something I would worry about.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.