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Weaken Questions

Postby WeightliftingThinker » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:03 pm

I am noticing a pattern where choices that refer to the majority ("most," "majority," etc.) are wrong, but not always.

Is this because those choices tend to overlook the minority, which can strengthen/stay neutral instead of weaken the argument?

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Re: Weaken Questions

Postby Deardevil » Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:22 pm

Not sure if relevant...

For weaken questions, you just need to ask yourself if each choice weakens;
either it does weaken, instead strengthens, or brings absolutely nothing to the stimulus.

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Re: Weaken Questions

Postby WeightliftingThinker » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:35 pm

Deardevil wrote:Not sure if relevant...

For weaken questions, you just need to ask yourself if each choice weakens;
either it does weaken, instead strengthens, or brings absolutely nothing to the stimulus.


I recognize that. I was wondering if there is a pattern comparable to Assumption questions, where choices that have "most" or "majority" are usually irrelevant. For instance, some correct Assumption choices have the phrase "at least." I believe this is the case because you do not need "most" of whatever it is in the argument to make the point.

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Re: Weaken Questions

Postby Deardevil » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:24 pm

Well, if we're talking about assumptions, that's not entirely true.

For NA, "most" may seem extreme. However, for SA, "majority" or "all" can often lead to the right answer;
the same can be said for strengthen and weaken questions, as noticed from my recent drilling.
Conversely, "some" in the aforementioned does not tend to indicate strong strengtheners or weakeners.



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