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Set 3 - Indicator words

Suppose you're driving your car in an unfamiliar city.  Isn't it helpful when there are large, clear signs to help you find your way about? Even if you've never been in that city before, those signs let you know where you are, and what lane you need to be in to get where you're going.

Well expressed arguments have helpful 'signposts' too.  These are a special kind of words called 'indicators'.  Indicator words are clues that help us to identify the various parts of arguments: the position, reasons, and objections. Set 3 will show you how to identify indicator words, and use these 'signposts' to help you map how a piece of reasoning goes.

Skills and key concepts


Set 3 - Indicator words • 3 kinds of indicators • Example • Exercise 1 • Exercise 2 • Exercise 3 • Exercise 4 • Exercise 5 • Exercise 6 - Quiz • Final

Austhink 2007.  Rationale Exercises version 0.1, Sep-07

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