close start
 module one - identifying arguments
 module two - reasons and conclusions
 module three - the structure of arguments
 section one - reasoning and non-reasoning
 section two - additional exercises
 section one - identifying inference indicators
 section two - distinguishing reason and conclusion indicators
 section three - indentifying conclusions
 section four - reasoning with implicit inference indicators
 section one - identifying propositions
 section two - argument diagrams
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identifying inference indicators

Welcome to Module Two.

In this module we will begin the task of interpreting arguments. So far, you have had practise distinguishing reasoning from non-reasoning. You will now learn how to distinguish reasons from conclusions.

How is reasoning signalled in English?

There are words and phrases in English whose job it is to indicate that reasoning is going on. These words and phrases are called inference indicators. Words like because and therefore are inference indicators. There are many inference indicators in English. Soon we will give you a list of the most common types, but first let us test your intuitions.

All the following passages contain one and only one inference indicator. Use the mouse to click on the word you think is working as an inference indicator.

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