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## Can an argument have one premise?

A premise is a statement in an argument that provides reason or support for the conclusion. **There can be one or many premises in a single argument**. A conclusion is a statement in an argument that indicates of what the arguer is trying to convince the reader/listener.

## What is premise example?

The definition of a premise is a previous statement that an argument is based or how an outcome was decided. An example of premise is **a couple seeing a movie chosen by one, because they saw a movie chosen by the other last week**.

## What is premise and conclusion example?

Examples of Premise and Conclusion

**The premise is that small fish is rich in calcium; the conclusion is that your body will benefit if you eat them**. This argument has only one premise. Note that this argument can be also written as follows.

## How does a premise help create an argument?

A premise is a proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn. Put another way, a premise **includes the reasons and evidence behind a conclusion**, says Study.com.

## Can a valid argument have no premises?

As “argument” is defined in the text, every argument has exactly one conclusion. As “argument” is defined in the text, **some arguments may have no premises at all**. According to the text, Aristotle defined truth as the correspondence of a statement or proposition with reality.

## What is a valid argument?

An argument is valid **if the premises and conclusion are related to each other in the right way so that if the premises were true, then the conclusion would have to be true as well**.

## How do you find premises in an argument?

“Is this a claim that is being offered as a reason to believe another claim?” **If it’s being offered as a reason to believe another claim, then it’s functioning as a premise**. If it’s expressing the main point of the argument, what the argument is trying to persuade you to accept, then it’s the conclusion.

## How do you know if premises are true?

TRUE: **If an argument is sound, then it is valid and has all true premises**. Since it is valid, the argument is such that if all the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true. A sound argument really does have all true premises so it does actually follow that its conclusion must be true.

## How many premises can an argument have?

Arguments can have **any number of premises (even just one)** and sub-conclusions. Often arguments have unstated premise(s), that is, premise(s) that need to be added for the premises to support the conclusion. It’s always instructive to try to state all the premises necessary to support one’s conclusion. 3.

## How do you know if an argument is valid?

Valid: an argument is valid if and only if it is necessary that **if all of the premises are true, then the conclusion is true**; if all the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true; it is impossible that all the premises are true and the conclusion is false.

## What is an example of an invalid argument?

An argument is said to be an invalid argument if its conclusion can be false when its hypothesis is true. An example of an invalid argument is the following: “**If it is raining, then the streets are wet.** **The streets are wet.**

## When an argument is valid and all the premises are true?

A valid argument can have a false conclusion but only if it also has at least one false premise. **All valid arguments with true premises are sound**. The definition of a sound argument is that it has a valid form and true premises. So, all valid arguments with true premises will be sound.

## When an argument is valid and its premises are true the argument is called?

More specifically, we ask whether the argument is either deductively valid or inductively strong. A **deductive argument** is an argument that is intended by the arguer to be deductively valid, that is, to provide a guarantee of the truth of the conclusion provided that the argument’s premises are true.

## What makes an argument valid and sound?

A valid argument need not have true premises or a true conclusion. On the other hand, a sound argument DOES need to have true premises and a true conclusion: Soundness: An argument is sound if it meets these two criteria: **(1) It is valid.** **(2) Its premises are true.**

## What is the difference between valid and invalid argument?

Below are some more examples of valid and invalid arguments. To judge if each is valid or invalid, ask the question, “If the premises are true, would we be locked in to accepting the conclusion?” **If the answer is “yes,” then the argument is valid.** **If the answer is “no,” then the argument is invalid**.

## What are some valid arguments form?

**These valid argument forms are, however, the forms we will encounter most often in this course.**

- Modus Ponens. If P then Q. P. …
- Modus Tollens. If P then Q. not Q. …
- Disjunctive Syllogism. P or Q. …
- Hypothetical Syllogism. If P then Q. …
- Barbara Syllogism. All A’s are B’s. …
- Reductio ad Absurdum. P. …
- Replacement. a is an F. …
- Proof by Cases. P or Q.

## Which of the following is not a valid argument?

Answer: Valid: an argument is valid if and only if it is necessary that if all of the premises are true, then the conclusion is true; if all the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true; it is impossible that all the premises are true and the conclusion is false. Invalid: **an argument that is not valid**.

## How do you find missing premises in an argument?

To find a missing premise, you **diagram the premise and the conclusion and read off what the premise must be**. If the conclusion is a universal and there is a premise that yields a valid syllogism, you will have diagrammed half of the premise.

## What is a missing premise?

As we can see from this example, a missing premise is **a premise that the argument needs in order to be as strong as possible**. Typically, this means supplying the statement(s) that are needed to make the argument valid. But in addition to making the argument valid, we want to make the argument plausible.

## What are implicit premises?

Implicit premises are **the unstated claims or unstated assumptions of the argument**. For instance, suppose a biologist argues that there is nothing ethically wrong in the fact that about thirteen animals per day are killed in her laboratory, because the deaths further her scientific research.