Assumptions are essential to all arguments. However, sometimes after examining your assumptions closely, you find you want to make a change. Here are four ways to deal with assumptions in an essay.
After looking at your assumptions you may decide theyre fine the way they are. But you can be more confident about this choice if youve taken the time to examine them and consider the alternatives.
You may feel that its ok to assume a certain point, but that your paper would be clearer and your reader more likely to agree if you spell it out in detail, though without evidence.
Perhaps you suspect that your reader may not accept one of your assumptions without proof. You can convert it into a supported claim by trying to prove itadding evidence, in other words.
Sometimes after examining an assumption, and maybe trying to prove it, you decide that it just doesnt hold upin other words, you decide you do not believe it after all. In this case you will need to revise the assumption, and probably the larger claim it helps to prove, whether a sub-point or main point or the thesis itself.