Hi everyone, does anyone know, are these set of sentences arguments or not? I was thinking the first and last were not arguments but not sure.
A. Professor Plum was in the drawing room. Miss Scarlet was in the kitchen. The murderer used the knife and the evil act was committed in the hall. - This is not an argument.
B. If Professor Plum was in the drawing room then Colonel Mustard was the murderer. Professor Plum was in the drawing room. So, Colonel Mustard was the murderer. This set of sentences constitutes an argument.
C. Every student of logic is wise and knowledgeable. Anyone attempting this exercise is a student of logic. Therefore, anyone attempting this exercise is wise and knowledgeable. This constitute an argument.
D. I am absolutely sick and tired of getting wet every time it rains. From now on I will never forget to take my umbrella with me in the morning. Even if the weather looks fine when I leave I shall certainly make a point of taking that umbrella.
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- 21-01-2017 15:13
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- 21-01-2017 15:39
I believe you are correct however it depends on the wider context and if these statements are part of a conversation with someone. For instance, it appears that the last statement isn't an argument because the author is stating what they are going to do and are not presenting an argument. However if they are conversing with another then this may be interpreted differently.