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An argument consists of a conclusion (which is what is being argued for) and a premise or premises which are the considerations which are being offered in favour of the conclusion.



For example:

Socrates is a man. All men are mortal. So, Socrates is mortal.


The premises of this argument are, of course, "Socrates is a man" and "All men are mortal" and the conclusion is "Socrates is mortal".


Note: the conclusion of an argument need not come at the end. It might come at the beginning, as in:

            Socrates is mortal. For all men are mortal, and he is a man.


Or in the middle, as in:


            Socrates is a man. So, he is mortal. For all men are mortal.



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