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Strengthening/Weakening Arguments

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I've been working on a lot of strengthen the argument questions (using the Economist's online course), and I'm finding that a lot of the correct answers focus on supporting/stating a key unstated assumption in the argument. I understand that while this is one important way to strengthen an argument, you may also strengthen an argument by:

-Adding an additional premise (that may not be necessary, but supports the argument)
-Strengthening the conclusion
-Refuting a claim that weakens the argument

Should my first order of business always be to look out for answer choices that state un-stated asssumptions? Alternatively, does anyone have an idea of the relative likelihood that one of these other methods of strengthening an argument would be the correct answer choice?

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jazzmilo wrote:
Should my first order of business always be to look out for answer choices that state un-stated asssumptions? Alternatively, does anyone have an idea of the relative likelihood that one of these other methods of strengthening an argument would be the correct answer choice?
I don't think you'll have the time to do something like this (always look for an option that does X) during the actual exam. You should be so comfortable with the common patterns that you recognize them when you see them, without too much additional mental "overhead".

Be open to evaluating each option from multiple angles. Otherwise, you'll have to start over if you don't find the pattern you are looking for in any of the 5 options.
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