VCR Lesson 7

By: Eli Squier

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Frank kept trying to explain to Charlie stealing trash was a crime even though it is trash, but he could not get the premise.
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n. 1. A proposition offered as a basis for argument.

2. In logic, each of the first two propositions in a syllogism.


  • thesis
  • assertion
  • postulate


  • denial
  • opinion
  • lies

Possible Mix-Ups

  • promise - a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen
  • dismiss - to order or allow to leave; send away
  • surmise - suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it

Roots and etymology

Latin: mitto, mittere, misi, missum - to send


Middle Latin as praemittere meaning to send before.

You Sit on a Throne of Lies - Elf (3/5) Movie CLIP (2003) HD
Buddy's two premises on why that was not Santa was that he did not look or smell like Santa. He does not look or smell like Santa, therefore he is not Santa.

Pick the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.

a. I premised Fred that I would help him with homework tonight, but I had to cancel last minute.

b. Sometimes in English, I have a good premise as to what a passage means, but I fail to prove it with evidence.

c. Very good rhetorical speakers can have a premise which makes no sense and make an audience believe it through speech.

d. A syllogism is made up of a major and minor premise to reach a conclusion.


A. premised should be replaced with promised, because premise it does not involve owing someone something.