• 17) TRANSITIONS

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    Logical Transitions connect premises together to form reasoned arguments.


    Modular arguments support a single conclusion, but may contain MANY premises. The premises of an argument must be connected together to reasonably lead to a conclusion. How can premises be connected together?


    Using straightforward "Logical Transitions" to connect premises together and to indicate conclusions can simplify and clarify scientific writing.


    DEFINITION: "Logical Transitions" are words that indicate the logical relationships between separate elements of an argument (e.g. premises).


    There are three basic Logical Transitions that can relate premises:


    1. CONJUNCTIONSConnecting premises that may both be true together into specific relationships.
    2. DISJUNCTIONSSeparating premises into exclusive categories (both premises cannot be true).
    3. CONCLUSIONS: Indicating the logical outcome of the premises.


    The following sections review the basic logical transitions, and some of the many English words that can indicate each type of transition.



    CONJUNCTIONS

    DISJUNCTIONS

    CONCLUSIONS


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    16) CLARIFICATIONS18) CONJUNCTIONS