## What's the trick to solving this type of question?

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SoCalKevin

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### What's the trick to solving this type of question?

In LR- It seems easy but I get them wrong most of the time...it's driving me nuts:

"John and Dave disagree about whether:"

"Josh's remarks indicate that he and Ashley disagree over:"

Specific examples are PT #31 (June 2000) section2 #1, and section 3 #15.

I usually end up with the (wrong) answer that is just a degree off from the correct one. HELP!!!

dakatz

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### Re: What's the trick to solving this type of question?

I do a test to see whether or not the speaker would agree with a given statement. So for answer choice A, I write a yes, no, or cannot be determined, for each speaker. The correct answer will always have a yes and a no. Don't be fooled into picking one with a yes/no, and the other speaker as a maybe. It needs to be definite.

SoCalKevin

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### Re: What's the trick to solving this type of question?

dakatz wrote:I do a test to see whether or not the speaker would agree with a given statement. So for answer choice A, I write a yes, no, or cannot be determined, for each speaker. The correct answer will always have a yes and a no. Don't be fooled into picking one with a yes/no, and the other speaker as a maybe. It needs to be definite.

So there will always be a speaker with a yes and one with a no, correct?

And WHY couldn't I figure that out???

tomwatts

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### Re: What's the trick to solving this type of question?

SoCalKevin wrote:So there will always be a speaker with a yes and one with a no, correct?

Yep.

TheLuckyOne

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### Re: What's the trick to solving this type of question?

SoCalKevin wrote:
dakatz wrote:I do a test to see whether or not the speaker would agree with a given statement. So for answer choice A, I write a yes, no, or cannot be determined, for each speaker. The correct answer will always have a yes and a no. Don't be fooled into picking one with a yes/no, and the other speaker as a maybe. It needs to be definite.

So there will always be a speaker with a yes and one with a no, correct?

And WHY couldn't I figure that out???

Haha,

booboo

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### Re: What's the trick to solving this type of question?

I think with disagreement questions there is something that you have to be cognizant of. The conclusions that each party may have may not be the source of disagreement, even though they are diametric responses. What the important value lies in determining where the fork arises in the context of the argument which leads to the disagreement. This could be due to a disagreement about a fact that leads to their conclusion, a disagreement on an intermediate conclusion used while the facts are accepted for that intermediate conclusion, or the actual conclusion each argument presents, which is where most testers would assume the disagreement to be.