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What is the difference between premise and premises?
is a basis for a theory. For example:
- The media's job is to question a premise. (Joey Skaggs)
are land and buildings. For example:
- The company moved to new premises last year.
Premise or Premises
is part of an argument. The plural of premise
. This causes confusion because the word premises
also means land or property.
The noun premise
is a term in logic that describes a statement considered to be true for the purpose of an argument. For example:
The verb to premise
means to presuppose something.
- The judge granted the divorce on the premise that the husband had committed adultry.
- I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. (Ralph Nader)
- They premised that the universe was three billion years old.
(Here, premise is being used as a verb.)
The noun premises
describes a house or a building. It usually refers to a building that is occupied by a company or an organization.
- The police men removed the protesters from the premises.
- Alcohol is forbidden on these premises.
The plural of premise is premises
of the word premise
. When you see the word premises
, it should be clear from the context whether it means propositions in an argument or property.
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