This plant doesnt grow well

In the passage, the arguer assumes that the audience agrees that the plant isn't growing well. This fact is not in question. The aim of the argument is to persuade the audience as to the cause, that is, the explanation, of this fact.

All such arguments begin with an accepted fact - some proposition that the arguer expects his or her audience already accepts. The arguer's aim is to answer the question, 'What is the correct explanation of this fact?', by giving an argument. In the above example, the arguer recognises that there are several possible causes of the agreed fact, and, by eliminating all but one, advances the remaining one as the correct explanation. The pattern can be represented like this:

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