Finding the Conclusion in an Argument
When we are evaluating arguments, sometimes it is hard to find the conclusion. Not only does the entire argument have a conclusion, but each premise may or may not have a mini-conclusion. By dissecting these mini-conclusions, in most arguments the reader can see the main conclusions before it is stated.
When a writer creates an argument it is sometimes a difficult task. The writer must bridge the introduction (which allows the reader to be transported to their place of argument analysis) to the conclusion (which brings the reader back into their lives with new information). This allows the reader to have the information from the argument through analyzing it. The conclusion is also the writer’s last chance to have the last word on the subject. It is also the place to make a good final impression on the audience no matter what the agenda is.
When the words in the following list are used in arguments, they usually indicate that a premise has just been offered and that a conclusion is about to be presented.
(The three dots represent the claim that is the conclusion.)
Thus . . . Consequently . .
Therefore . . . So . . .
Hence . . . Accordingly . . .
This shows that . . . This implies that . . .
This suggests that . . . This proves that . . .
Stacy drives a Porsche. This suggests that either she is rich or her parents are.
The conclusion is
Either she is rich or her parents are.
The premise is
Stacy drives a Porsche. (Moore and Parker, 2007)