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If people refrained from being impolite to one another the condition

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If people refrained from being impolite to one another the condition of society would be greatly improved. But society would not be better off if the government enacted laws requiring people to be polite to each other. Enforcing such laws would create even more problems than does impoliteness.

Which one of the following most accurately describes the role played in the argument by the claim that society would not be better off if the government enacted laws requiring people to be polite to each other?


(A) It is the conclusion drawn by the argument as a whole.

(B) It is cited as evidence for the generalization that is the argument's overall conclusion.

(C) It is cited as evidence for the assertion used to support the argument's overall conclusion.

(D) It is cited as an illustration of a generalization that serves as the main premise of the argument.

(E) It describes a phenomenon that the conclusion of the argument purports to explain.
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I think it's important to look at the structure of this argument more than the conditionality.

Sentence 1 states a general belief that 'If x, then y'. Sentence 2 starts with 'but' and shows us that the author disagrees with Statement 1. It establishes his opinion implying that this could be the intermediate or main conclusion depending on what follows next. Sentence 3 supports the judgement made in the previous sentence and thus acts as a premise supporting the conclusion.

Sentence 2 is the main conclusion, so that rules all the other options but choice (A).

I hope this helps.
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If people refrained from being impolite to one another the condition of society would be greatly improved. But society would not be better off if the government enacted laws requiring people to be polite to each other. Enforcing such laws would create even more problems than does impoliteness.

Which one of the following most accurately describes the role played in the argument by the claim that society would not be better off if the government enacted laws requiring people to be polite to each other?

(A) It is the conclusion drawn by the argument as a whole.
(B) It is cited as evidence for the generalization that is the argument's overall conclusion.
(C) It is cited as evidence for the assertion used to support the argument's overall conclusion.
(D) It is cited as an illustration of a generalization that serves as the main premise of the argument.
(E) It describes a phenomenon that the conclusion of the argument purports to explain.


Hi..

A person can get confused among the following two for conclusion..
1) But society would not be better off if the government enacted laws requiring people to be polite to each other.
2) Enforcing such laws would create even more problems than does impoliteness.

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point 2 is a PREMISE which supports the conclusion 1..

ONLY A talks of it as Conclusion
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