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Common Argument Types

The content focuses on understanding common argument types in GRE analytical writing, specifically identifying unstated assumptions in arguments. These assumptions typically fall into categories such as cause and effect, analogy, and statistical reasoning.
  • Cause and effect arguments assume that one event directly results in another, but other factors (Z) could also influence the outcome.
  • Analogy arguments compare two scenarios, assuming they are similar, but differences in key factors can undermine this comparison.
  • Statistical arguments use survey data to make generalizations, but the sample size and representativeness can question the validity of these generalizations.
  • Identifying these assumptions is crucial for anticipating the correct answer instead of guessing among the options provided.
Understanding Common Argument Types
Cause and Effect Arguments
Analogy Arguments
Statistical Arguments