• Aug 31st 2011, 02:42 PM
homeylova223
Determine whether each of the following passage contains: an argument, an assertion, a question, a command, a description, or an explanation.

Look it, we need to take I-285 instead of I-75. At this time of day, I-75 is always a mess and I read in the newspaper this morning that they were repaving part of I-75 today.

I would say this an argument because an explanation is something that everyone has to agree on as its main point.

But I am not sure if I am correct.
• Aug 31st 2011, 03:18 PM
emakarov
Quote:

Originally Posted by homeylova223
an explanation is something that everyone has to agree on as its main point.

I am not sure I understand. The main point of an explanation is that everyone has to agree on it? Or does everyone have to agree on the main point of an explanation? Anyway, the difference between an argument and an explanation seems to be pretty thin from a common sense standpoint.

I'd like to point out that the conclusion of this reasoning ("I-75 is always a mess and they are repaving it; therefore, ...") is not a pure declaration ("we are taking I-285"), which is either true or false as a fact, but rather a modal statement ("need to take I-285").

This is not really a question of mathematical logic.
• Aug 31st 2011, 04:05 PM
homeylova223