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A claim is an expressed opinion or a conclusion that the arguer wants accepted.

  • In extended arguments, the claim is often labeled a proposition

  • In making claims, arguers advance statements with which they believe others will disagree.

  • Because claims challenge the beliefs or opinions of others, they require support in the form of reasons and information, whereas other kinds of statements do not.


Types of Claims / Quality of Claims
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