# Can p and q in modus tollens be stated negatively?

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## What is the rule of modus tollens?

Modus tollens takes the form of “If P, then Q. Not Q. Therefore, not P.” It is an application of the general truth that if a statement is true, then so is its contrapositive. The form shows that inference from P implies Q to the negation of Q implies the negation of P is a valid argument.

## Is modus tollens valid or invalid?

MT is often referred to also as Denying the Consequent. Second, modus ponens and modus tollens are universally regarded as valid forms of argument.

## What is a modus tollens argument example?

This form of argument is called modus tollens (the mode that denies). E.g. All fish have scales. This salmon is a fish. Therefore, this salmon has scales.

## Is modus tollens a contradiction?

Can modus tollens be statement of proof by contradiction or is it just a specific case of contradiction? Here we assume P′ true and show q’ happens, which should not happen: a contradiction. I tend to think modus tollens is foundation of proof by contradiction, but it seems just a specific case of contradictions

## Can modus tollens have false premises?

Latin for “method of denying.” A rule of inference drawn from the combination of modus ponens and the contrapositive. If q is false, and if p implies q (p q), then p is also false. An error in reasoning.

Modus Ponens Modus Tollens
Therefore, I will wear my sunglasses. Therefore, it is not bright and sunny today.

## Can a modus tollens argument have false premises?

FALSE. A valid argument can have false premises; and it can have a false conclusion. But if a valid argument has all true premises, then it must have a true conclusion.

## What does P → Q mean?

In conditional statements, “If p then q” is denoted symbolically by “p q”; p is called the hypothesis and q is called the conclusion. For instance, consider the two following statements: If Sally passes the exam, then she will get the job.

## What is difference between modus ponens and modus tollens?

There are two consistent logical argument constructions: modus ponens (“the way that affirms by affirming”) and modus tollens (“the way that denies by denying”).

## Is modus tollens deductive or inductive?

Modus tollens is a valid argument form. Because the form is deductive and has two premises and a conclusion, modus tollens is an example of a syllogism. (A syllogism is any deductive argument with two premises and a conclusion.) The Latin phrase ‘modus tollens’, translated literally, means ‘mode of denying’.

## What argument form is this if/p then q Not p therefore not Q?

An argument of this form — If p, then q; p; therefore, q — is called modus ponens. An argument of this form — If p, then q; not p; therefore, not q — is called modus tollens. This argument form known as modus tollens is valid.

## What argument form is if/p then qq Therefore P?

An invalid argument form: If p, then q. q. Therefore, p.