Mainp softvnncom

(claim 3 in this example) plays a significant role in explaining why the other premises lead to a particular conclusion.

d What was the explanation for (Sydney beating Beijing for the 2000 Olympics) 1? There were two main reasons. (The Sydney organisers did a better job of lobbying the International Olympic Committee delegates) 2 and, because of (political crises in China at the time) 3 and (perceived doubts about Beijing's quality of services and venues) 4, (Sydney offered a much safer venue for a successful Olympic games) 5.

This example is the hardest. The 'two main reasons' signal might confuse you about the nature of claims 3 and 4. But think about what the author is trying to say with the 'because'. It does not relate to claim 1, but gives two reasons for claim 5. We can think of these last three claims as a sub-argument. Claim 5 functions as the conclusion in this sub-argument but then becomes a premise in the main explanation. Note, too, that 'political crises in China' is a short-hand way of saying 'There were political crises in China at that time', and similarly for claim 4. Read further in chapter 3 for a discussion of the role of these sub-arguments inside a main argument or explanation.

0 0

Post a comment