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Common Argument Types

The content focuses on common argument types encountered in GRE prep, specifically highlighting the importance of understanding premises, conclusions, and the unstated assumptions that link them. These assumptions typically fall into categories such as cause and effect, statistical reasoning, and analogies, which are pivotal for dissecting arguments effectively.
  • Understanding common argument types is crucial for analyzing GRE argumentative questions, which include premises and conclusions linked by unstated assumptions.
  • Cause and effect arguments assume a direct relationship between two events, but alternative explanations can undermine this assumption.
  • Analogies assume similarities between two scenarios that may not account for significant differences, leading to flawed conclusions.
  • Statistical arguments rely on the assumption that a sample is representative of a whole, which may not always hold true, leading to overgeneralizations.
  • Anticipating the right answer involves recognizing these assumptions and categorizing them into predictable types to avoid relying on guesswork.
Understanding Common Argument Types
Cause and Effect Arguments
Analogical Reasoning
Statistical Reasoning