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 II-A. The Assumption Hunt

When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me
Felix Unger, The Odd Couple

Unstated assumptions are technically logical errors (errors of omission). A clear and effective argument will state its assumptions and not leave them out. So, finding unstated assumptions is a task of finding gaps in reasoning.

We call this process the "Assumption Hunt". Most LSAT questions contain hidden assumptions and it's your job to find them. You will need to use this "Assumption Hunt" on the critical reasoning and AWA Analysis of Argument essay.

Since assumptions lie between the premises and conclusions, we first need to find the premises and the conclusion. Mr. LSAT is usually nice enough to use set "red flag" phrases to help you identify these parts of an argument.

 How do you identify premises and conclusions? Reliable clues are provided by certain key words, which are often used to identify premises and conclusions. Premise indicators: The reason is that premises are indicated by keywords. Because premises are indicated by keywords. Since premises are indicated by keywords. As premises are indicated by keywords. On the basis of premises indicated by keywords. It follows from premises indicated by keywords. In view of premises indicated by keywords. We may infer from premises indicated by keywords. Conclusion indicators: Accordingly, conclusions are easy to find. Clearly, conclusions are easy to find. Consequently, conclusions are easy to find. This indicates that conclusions are easy to find. Hence, conclusions are easy to find. It follows that conclusions are easy to find. So, conclusions are easy to find. Therefore, conclusions are easy to find. This indicates that conclusions are easy to find. This shows that conclusions are easy to find. Thus, conclusions are easy to find. We may infer that conclusions are easy to find.

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