As you go through the process of identifying an argument's conclusion, it is likely that you will also spot some or all of its premises. Thus the stages of identification are not entirely separate. The identification of an argument's premises is a search for reasons given by the writer or speaker to think that their conclusion is true. Like the identification of conclusions, much of the process of identifying premises amounts to close and charitable reading of what a writer or speaker says; but again there are some helpful guides:

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