Modes Exercise Set #1
Identify which of the following statements are claims and which are not claims.
You don't want to fail your driver's test simply by not knowing the road signs, do you?A: This statement
would not be considered a claim.
You can't do that! A: This statement would not be considered a claim. The statement “ you can’t do that”
indicates an order from someone which cannot be considered a claim.
By the powers vested in me, I hereby declare you a citizen of Canada. A: This statement would not be
considered a claim as it is an order from someone of higher authority. The person of higher authority is
declaring someone a citizen of Canada which cannot be argued.
The distance between San Diego and Atlantic city is 3052 miles. And the winning forman bicycle team in
the Race Across America rode it in five days, eighteen hours and fifteen minutes. A: This statement is
considered to be a claim. The speaker is making a claim that the winning for man cycle team in the Race
Across America rode it in five days, eighteen hours and fifteen minutes, which can be deemed true or false
as the number isn’t exact. It is unlikely, that the bicycle team won the race in five days, eighteen hours and
fifteen minutes as it is not exact to the millisecond
Evolutionary theory has been well established. A: This statement is considered to be a claim. It can be
debated whether the evolutionary theory has been well established or not.
I tell you that you are not going to the party. That's final. A:This statement resembles more of an order
rather than a claim something which can be deferred as true or false.
You're not going to the party, are you? A: This is considered to be a rhetorical question, so therefore it is a
claim. It can be argued to be true or false as to whether the audience is going to the party or not
Evolutionary theory is an abomination in the sight of God A: This statement is considered to be a claim
because it can be argued as to what God’s thoughts are on evolutionary theory.
Mice! We have mice! A:It can be argued whether they are mice or not. For example there may be rats and
the speaker may thinks its mice. I confer upon you the authority of a law enforcement officer with all of the powers and responsibilities that
the law accords. A: This is considered to be an order as the author is giving the officer orders rather than
stating something which can be debated.
Identify whether each exercise is an argument or a nonargument.
If it is a nonargument, explain why by identifying which essential component is
missing (e.g. Persuasive claim &/or supporting reason)
If it is an argument break it down in premise/conclusion form For example:
MC: Premarital sex is immoral.
P1: It is a sin.
P2: It encourages promiscuity.
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