In surveys Mason City residents rank water sports (swimming, boating, and fishing) among their favorite recreational activities. The Mason River flowing through the city is rarely used for these pursuits, however, and the city park department devotes litt

Essay topics: In surveys Mason City residents rank water sports (swimming, boating, and fishing) among their favorite recreational activities. The Mason River flowing through the city is rarely used for these pursuits, however, and the city park department devotes little of its budget to maintaining riverside recreational facilities. For years there have been complaints from residents about the quality of the river's water and the river's smell. In response, the state has recently announced plans to clean up Mason River. Use of the river for water sports is, therefore, sure to increase. The city government should for that reason devote more money in this year's budget to riverside recreational facilities.
Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.

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The Mason city government has created some assumptions about the Mason river and why it is rarely used for water sports. The city should examine the assumptions to ensure that no other explanations are there why the Mason river is not used much for water sports.

There was a survey which said that Mason city residents rank water sports among their favorite recreational activity. The survey does not tell how many people were involved in the survey. Which company hosted the survey? These questions are not specified in the argument so we cannot trust the survey. The city government assumes that the survey is correct without knowing these details. Even if the survey is true and Mason city residents enjoy water sports, it doesn’t mean that they have the time to go for these activities. The argument says that the city park department devotes little of its budget to maintaining riverside recreational activities. It could be that the river is not used much for water sports which is why the city park department was not allocating much of its budget for water sports.

The argument states that there have been complaints from residents about the quality of the river’s water and the river’s smell. This complaint may have come from the people who live nearby. The smell of the water may not bother the people who occasionally come for water sport activities as they come only for some time. The smell of water may be bothering the people who live near the water because they smell it every day. The plan to clean the river is surely good for the city and its residents as they would get a better environment but it does not necessarily mean that the water sports activities would increase in Mason river.

The argument says that the reason why people of Mason city do not use the river for water sports is because of the smell of the river and quality of the river’s water. But it is possible there may be other reasons why the people may not be using the river for recreation. It could be possible that the river is rocky and so water sports may be dangerous there. The river may not be very appropriate for swimming, boating or fishing. It is also possible that the river has strong currents. There may have been deaths because of it and so people don’t go to the Mason river for water sports even if they enjoy water sports.

There are a lot of assumptions taken here by the city government. So the government should clear up these questions before allocating more money in this year’s budget to riverside recreational activities.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 5, column 437, Rule ID: ENGLISH_WORD_REPEAT_BEGINNING_RULE
Message: Three successive sentences begin with the same word. Reword the sentence or use a thesaurus to find a synonym.
... water because they smell it every day. The plan to clean the river is surely good ...
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Line 7, column 1, Rule ID: ENGLISH_WORD_REPEAT_BEGINNING_RULE
Message: Three successive sentences begin with the same word. Reword the sentence or use a thesaurus to find a synonym.
...ities would increase in Mason river. The argument says that the reason why peopl...
^^^

Transition Words or Phrases used:
also, but, if, may, so

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 26.0 19.6327345309 132% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 15.0 12.9520958084 116% => OK
Conjunction : 10.0 11.1786427146 89% => OK
Relative clauses : 17.0 13.6137724551 125% => OK
Pronoun: 36.0 28.8173652695 125% => OK
Preposition: 31.0 55.5748502994 56% => More preposition wanted.
Nominalization: 12.0 16.3942115768 73% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2137.0 2260.96107784 95% => OK
No of words: 447.0 441.139720559 101% => OK
Chars per words: 4.7807606264 5.12650576532 93% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.59808378696 4.56307096286 101% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.48840581822 2.78398813304 89% => OK
Unique words: 166.0 204.123752495 81% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.371364653244 0.468620217663 79% => More unique words wanted or less content wanted.
syllable_count: 666.9 705.55239521 95% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.5 1.59920159681 94% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 6.0 4.96107784431 121% => OK
Interrogative: 0.0 0.471057884232 0% => OK
Article: 11.0 8.76447105788 126% => OK
Subordination: 1.0 2.70958083832 37% => OK
Conjunction: 1.0 1.67365269461 60% => OK
Preposition: 0.0 4.22255489022 0% => More preposition wanted as sentence beginning.

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 23.0 19.7664670659 116% => OK
Sentence length: 19.0 22.8473053892 83% => OK
Sentence length SD: 41.6724558045 57.8364921388 72% => OK
Chars per sentence: 92.9130434783 119.503703932 78% => OK
Words per sentence: 19.4347826087 23.324526521 83% => OK
Discourse Markers: 0.95652173913 5.70786347227 17% => More transition words/phrases wanted.
Paragraphs: 5.0 5.15768463074 97% => OK
Language errors: 2.0 5.25449101796 38% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 10.0 8.20758483034 122% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 6.0 6.88822355289 87% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 7.0 4.67664670659 150% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.421155103929 0.218282227539 193% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.143544760165 0.0743258471296 193% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.108484647048 0.0701772020484 155% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.253053840491 0.128457276422 197% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.126308235391 0.0628817314937 201% => More connections among paragraphs wanted.

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 10.8 14.3799401198 75% => Automated_readability_index is low.
flesch_reading_ease: 60.65 48.3550499002 125% => OK
smog_index: 3.1 7.1628742515 43% => Smog_index is low.
flesch_kincaid_grade: 9.5 12.197005988 78% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 10.44 12.5979740519 83% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 6.52 8.32208582834 78% => OK
difficult_words: 55.0 98.500998004 56% => More difficult words wanted.
linsear_write_formula: 6.5 12.3882235529 52% => Linsear_write_formula is low.
gunning_fog: 9.6 11.1389221557 86% => OK
text_standard: 10.0 11.9071856287 84% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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