Identifying Premises and Conclusions Argument analysis would be a lot easier if people gave their arguments in standard form, with the premises and conclusions flagged in an obvious way. This is a very important critical thinking skill. For most of us the answer is clear. In this case it indicates that the claim following it is being offered as a reason to accept the claim before it. Now, keywords like these make it much easier to identify conclusions, but not all arguments have keywords that flag the conclusion. Some arguments have no indicator words of any kind.
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