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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While the argument of the author looks quite enticing, but leaves several holes unfilled and interpretations unexplained, which if determined carefully, will lead to the other way.

The first point to highlight is the mention of the survey as the basis of the argument. While author claimed that most of the residents of Mason city chose water sports as their favourite among other sports pursuits, he failed to give any explanation about the nature of the survey. And there arises a plethora of presumptions about the survey. Like, what are the actual questions asked to the residents? Perhaps the choice given in comparison to the riverside activities was a generally boring activity, and if they had given the open hand, they would have chosen some other sports or activity. Similarly, one might posed that people were only interested in watching the riverside activity rather than actively taking part in it. Furthermore, if they were asked that whether they want to build a dam at the river or would like to devote the riverside for sports games, they would have picked dam instead. We do not know anything about the survey. In all these cases, the prediction of the author, that the sports activities at river would likely be increased, would go wrong. Hence, the author would fail in persuading the government to increase the budget for riverside activities with this much explanation of the survey.

Secondly, the author did not clearly mention the source of complaints regarding river's water quality. we do not know whether the complaints were repetitively generated by a resident, or received from several residents: if it had been sent by a single person, the whole cleanup plan would be the improper usage of resources. If we assume that the several people complaint about the river's quality even then the reason for cleanup activity has not been justified. It might have been possible that the smell and lowering of water quality was due to some natural smelling stones present at the riverside, in that case, the cleanup of the riverside would not likely preclude the problem as this is the repetitive process, and hence, the problem would sustain. As the author neither could prove the actual inclination of the residents towards riverside recreational activities, nor did he clearly mention the source of complaints, the author's prognosis about the increased usage of riverside looks absurd.

In short, it is no doubt incumbent on the government to support and take care of the nation's recreational activities, and if necessary, increase the budget for the activity the people like the most, but the author's argument does not only failed to undergird his supposition of residents' predilection towards water sports, but his argument also lacking the strong reasons for the government to increase budget for those water sports activities.

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Transition Words or Phrases used:
also, but, first, furthermore, hence, if, look, regarding, second, secondly, similarly, so, then, while, in short, no doubt

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

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 14.0 19.6327345309 71% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 13.0 12.9520958084 100% => OK
Conjunction : 14.0 11.1786427146 125% => OK
Relative clauses : 8.0 13.6137724551 59% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 28.0 28.8173652695 97% => OK
Preposition: 54.0 55.5748502994 97% => OK
Nominalization: 16.0 16.3942115768 98% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2394.0 2260.96107784 106% => OK
No of words: 468.0 441.139720559 106% => OK
Chars per words: 5.11538461538 5.12650576532 100% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.65116196802 4.56307096286 102% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.67555840055 2.78398813304 96% => OK
Unique words: 226.0 204.123752495 111% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.482905982906 0.468620217663 103% => OK
syllable_count: 749.7 705.55239521 106% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.59920159681 100% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 8.0 4.96107784431 161% => OK
Article: 8.0 8.76447105788 91% => OK
Subordination: 5.0 2.70958083832 185% => OK
Conjunction: 9.0 1.67365269461 538% => Less conjunction wanted as sentence beginning.
Preposition: 3.0 4.22255489022 71% => OK

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 17.0 19.7664670659 86% => OK
Sentence length: 27.0 22.8473053892 118% => OK
Sentence length SD: 95.7237952794 57.8364921388 166% => OK
Chars per sentence: 140.823529412 119.503703932 118% => OK
Words per sentence: 27.5294117647 23.324526521 118% => OK
Discourse Markers: 7.23529411765 5.70786347227 127% => OK
Paragraphs: 4.0 5.15768463074 78% => More paragraphs wanted.
Language errors: 14.0 5.25449101796 266% => Less language errors wanted.
Sentences with positive sentiment : 6.0 8.20758483034 73% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 9.0 6.88822355289 131% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 2.0 4.67664670659 43% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.1560985232 0.218282227539 72% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0503169229651 0.0743258471296 68% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0615685067305 0.0701772020484 88% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.0804190850976 0.128457276422 63% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0597326183225 0.0628817314937 95% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 16.5 14.3799401198 115% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 44.07 48.3550499002 91% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.1628742515 123% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 13.8 12.197005988 113% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 12.71 12.5979740519 101% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.52 8.32208582834 102% => OK
difficult_words: 105.0 98.500998004 107% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 8.0 12.3882235529 65% => OK
gunning_fog: 12.8 11.1389221557 115% => OK
text_standard: 13.0 11.9071856287 109% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
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argument 1 -- not OK. we don't argue the survey itself. and look here it is 'In surveys...' not 'one survey'

argument 2 -- better to say: maybe the residents who complain are not water sports lovers.

argument 3 -- ???

Need to argue against the conclusion always. For this topic it is:

The city government should for that reason devote more money in this year's budget to riverside recreational facilities.
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Attribute Value Ideal
Final score: ??? out of 6
Category: Poor Excellent
No. of Grammatical Errors: 0 2
No. of Spelling Errors: 0 2
No. of Sentences: 16 15
No. of Words: 468 350
No. of Characters: 2341 1500
No. of Different Words: 218 200
Fourth Root of Number of Words: 4.651 4.7
Average Word Length: 5.002 4.6
Word Length SD: 2.589 2.4
No. of Words greater than 5 chars: 172 100
No. of Words greater than 6 chars: 123 80
No. of Words greater than 7 chars: 90 40
No. of Words greater than 8 chars: 60 20
Use of Passive Voice (%): 0 0
Avg. Sentence Length: 29.25 21.0
Sentence Length SD: 16.506 7.5
Use of Discourse Markers (%): 0.688 0.12
Sentence-Text Coherence: 0.359 0.35
Sentence-Para Coherence: 0.517 0.50
Sentence-Sentence Coherence: 0.163 0.07
Number of Paragraphs: 4 5

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