Exercise

First, do not write, as if it were one claim, a statement that is either not a claim or is two claims. For example, the sentence 'We should study reasoning because it will help us to understand our world better' contains two claims, linked with the word 'because'. For your analytical structure to be workable, each numbered statement must be one claim only. Use your analytical structure diagram to show the relationship signalled by words such as 'because'. Labelling 'Reasoning is that skill that' as claim 1 and 'helps us to solve problems' as claim 2 is also wrong. One claim has, in this example, been split falsely into two non-claims. A claim needs to connect internally two key ideas or concepts. 'Reasoning is that skill that helps us to solve problems' is one claim, connecting reasoning with the idea of solving problems.

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