Finding the Conclusion in an Argument

Conclusion Indicators

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 . . .

Example:

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)

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melshomecorner 7 years ago from Mississippi

very nice hub, I enjoyed reading it


Glenn62 3 years ago

This is all well and good IF the conclusion is marked by one of these indicator words. If the conclusion is not marked, then it becomes a bit more of a challenge to figure out the conclusion.

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