Critical Reasoning: Argument Structure - Tricky Arguments: When You Can’t Identify Premises & Conclusions Easily

{color:red}**(1)** A new law in Country X prohibits smoking in restaurants whose area is less than 300 square feet.{/color} {color:dark-blue}**(2)** The owner of Planet Pluto, a 250-square-foot restaurant with a mostly smoking clientele, plans to close the restaurant.{/color} The argument's {color:light-blue}**conclusion**{/color} appears in which sentence(s)?
Well done! Sentence 1 is a {color:light-green}**premise**{/color}. The new law is a fact, a reality. The restaurant owner's plan, on the other hand, is a {color:light-blue}**conclusion**{/color} the owner drew on the basis of the new law.

Sentence 1 is a premise. The new law is a fact, a reality.

That's not correct. While there are arguments that consist of {color:light-green}**premises**{/color} only, without a {color:light-blue}**conclusion**{/color}, this is not one of them. At least one of these sentences includes a {color:light-blue}**conclusion**{/color}.
Sentence 1
Sentence 2
Neither; both sentences are premises.
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