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Chapter 9. Identifying Arguments > Methods for Identifying Conclusions

Methods for Identifying Conclusions

Look in likely locations—the beginning or end of a conversation or written documents.

Look for word cues that introduce a conclusion, such as “thus,” “consequently,” “this shows that,” “my point is,” or “in short.”

If there is no clear statement within the body of what has been said or written, create a statement that answers the question “What is this about?” or “What is this person trying to prove?” or “What am I trying to prove?”

CASE STUDY: New Faces

Here is a letter from an employee, printed in a company newsletter:


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