## Question for the experts on parallel reasoning

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TunnelVision

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### Question for the experts on parallel reasoning

I've been paying very close attention to the various tenses used throughout the arguments. If the stim is in past tense, is it enough to eliminate a choice that is in the present tense or future tense? For example, if the original has a predictive statement like, "X will happen" and a choice says, "X has happened" (with a corresponding role in the arg), is that enough to eliminate that AC? And what about a premise or conclusion that contains the word "only," and if an AC doesn't contain the word "only" is that enough to eliminate it? Thanks guys!

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### Re: Question for the experts on parallel reasoning

TunnelVision wrote:I've been paying very close attention to the various tenses used throughout the arguments. If the stim is in past tense, is it enough to eliminate a choice that is in the present tense or future tense? For example, if the original has a predictive statement like, "X will happen" and a choice says, "X has happened" (with a corresponding role in the arg), is that enough to eliminate that AC? And what about a premise or conclusion that contains the word "only," and if an AC doesn't contain the word "only" is that enough to eliminate it? Thanks guys!

For the tenses, it really depends on how the argument is made. Sometimes, the tenses will play a role in the argument, in which case it should match up with the answer choice.

As far as 'only' goes, keywords that indicate logical force definitely need to match up between the stimulus and the answer choice. The keyword itself doesn't have to match up, but there has to be a word that indicates the same amount of certainty in the answer as the stimulus.