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A few people who are bad writers simply cannot improve their writing, whether or not they receive instruction. still, most bad writers can at least be taught to improve their writing enough so that they are no longer bad writers. However, no one can become a great writer simply by being taught how to be a better writer, since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent.
Which one of the following can be properly infered from the passage above?
A). All bad writers can become better writers.
B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers.
C). Some bad writer can never become great writers.
D). Some bad writers can become great writers.
E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers.

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23 Jul 2012, 08:20
I picked C. Here is my reason:

Bad Writer - > taught/skill !-> great writer

taught + talent -> great writer (last line)

from the diag. above: only C is correct that some bad writers can't become great writers.

PS: !-> stands for does not implies.
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A few people who are bad writers simply cannot improve their writing, whether or not they receive instruction. still, most bad writers can at least be taught to improve their writing enough so that they are no longer bad writers. However, no one can become a great writer simply by being taught how to be a better writer, since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent.
Which one of the following can be properly infered from the passage above?
A). All bad writers can become better writers.
B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers.
C). Some bad writer can never become great writers.
D). Some bad writers can become great writers.
E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers.

Can someone please shed some light on this question as to how you approach this question. Do you use Logic Diagrams in such questions?

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You don't need any venn diagrams for this question. Just pick the required info:

1. Some bad writer CANNOT get better.
2. Most bad writers can be taught enough to be not bad anymore.
3. No one can become great by simply being taught how to be better since you need talent to be great.

Option (C) is straight forward - some bad writers can never become great (in fact some cannot even get better, forget about great).

Look at the other options:

A). All bad writers can become better writers - Incorrect according to the argument
B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers - Incorrect according to the argument
D). Some bad writers can become great writers - Perhaps not! May be, if they have hidden talent but we certainly cannot infer this statement from the argument. The argument only tells us what cannot make one a great writer. It doesn't tell us what will make someone great.
E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers. - The argument doesn't talk about making great even better.
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I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos). Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. Manager Joined: 26 Feb 2013 Posts: 184 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 34 [0], given: 25 Re: A few people who are bad writers simply [#permalink] ### Show Tags 04 Nov 2013, 03:23 VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: imhimanshu wrote: A few people who are bad writers simply cannot improve their writing, whether or not they receive instruction. still, most bad writers can at least be taught to improve their writing enough so that they are no longer bad writers. However, no one can become a great writer simply by being taught how to be a better writer, since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent. Which one of the following can be properly infered from the passage above? A). All bad writers can become better writers. B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers. C). Some bad writer can never become great writers. D). Some bad writers can become great writers. E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers. Can someone please shed some light on this question as to how you approach this question. Do you use Logic Diagrams in such questions? Thanks H You don't need any venn diagrams for this question. Just pick the required info: 1. Some bad writer CANNOT get better. 2. Most bad writers can be taught enough to be not bad anymore. 3. No one can become great by simply being taught how to be better since you need talent to be great. Option (C) is straight forward - some bad writers can never become great (in fact some cannot even get better, forget about great). Look at the other options: A). All bad writers can become better writers - Incorrect according to the argument B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers - Incorrect according to the argument D). Some bad writers can become great writers - Perhaps not! May be, if they have hidden talent but we certainly cannot infer this statement from the argument. The argument only tells us what cannot make one a great writer. It doesn't tell us what will make someone great. E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers. - The argument doesn't talk about making great even better. Hi Karishma, "It doesn't tell us what will make someone great." I disagree, it does tell us what it takes to be a great writer, that is talent: "...since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent". Any thoughts? Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 6467 Location: Pune, India Followers: 1749 Kudos [?]: 10445 [0], given: 205 Re: A few people who are bad writers simply [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Nov 2013, 21:00 Expert's post Skag55 wrote: VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: imhimanshu wrote: A few people who are bad writers simply cannot improve their writing, whether or not they receive instruction. still, most bad writers can at least be taught to improve their writing enough so that they are no longer bad writers. However, no one can become a great writer simply by being taught how to be a better writer, since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent. Which one of the following can be properly infered from the passage above? A). All bad writers can become better writers. B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers. C). Some bad writer can never become great writers. D). Some bad writers can become great writers. E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers. Can someone please shed some light on this question as to how you approach this question. Do you use Logic Diagrams in such questions? Thanks H You don't need any venn diagrams for this question. Just pick the required info: 1. Some bad writer CANNOT get better. 2. Most bad writers can be taught enough to be not bad anymore. 3. No one can become great by simply being taught how to be better since you need talent to be great. Option (C) is straight forward - some bad writers can never become great (in fact some cannot even get better, forget about great). Look at the other options: A). All bad writers can become better writers - Incorrect according to the argument B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers - Incorrect according to the argument D). Some bad writers can become great writers - Perhaps not! May be, if they have hidden talent but we certainly cannot infer this statement from the argument. The argument only tells us what cannot make one a great writer. It doesn't tell us what will make someone great. E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers. - The argument doesn't talk about making great even better. Hi Karishma, "It doesn't tell us what will make someone great." I disagree, it does tell us what it takes to be a great writer, that is talent: "...since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent". Any thoughts? This is the necessary/sufficient condition distinction. "...since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent". tells you that you NEED skill and talent to be great. The point is will everyone who posses both be great? We don't know. We don't know what is sufficient to make a great writer. What we know is what is necessary "not just skill but also talent" _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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HI,

Isn't it "all bad writers can never be great writers"?

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A few people who are bad writers simply cannot improve their writing, whether or not they receive instruction. still, most bad writers can at least be taught to improve their writing enough so that they are no longer bad writers. However, no one can become a great writer simply by being taught how to be a better writer, since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent.
Which one of the following can be properly infered from the passage above?
A). All bad writers can become better writers....NOR REALLY .. SEE OPENING STATEMENT...
B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers.STRETCHING IT TOO MUCH..
C). Some bad writer can never become great writers....CORRECT ... SEE OPENING NARRATIVE.....
D). Some bad writers can become great writers.....STRETCHING IT TOO MUCH....
E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers...STRETCHING IT TOO MUCH.....
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HI,

Isn't it "all bad writers can never be great writers"?

Thanks for discussion!

No. You need to be very particular about EXACTLY what is given. All we have is this:

1. Some bad writers CANNOT get better.
2. Most bad writers can be taught enough to be not bad anymore.
3. No one can become great by simply being taught how to be better since you need talent to be great.

We know that one cannot become great by being taught if he doesn't have talent. But do we know that all bad writers have no talent? It's not given to us. One could be a bad writer because one was not instructed well. But actually one may have "hidden talent". Anyway, these are just assumptions but the point is that we are not given that all bad writers do not have talent. We are given though that 'some bad writers cannot get better' so we know that they will never become great writers. So we can say that 'some bad writers will never be great.'
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A few people who are bad writers simply cannot improve their writing, whether or not they receive instruction. still, most bad writers can at least be taught to improve their writing enough so that they are no longer bad writers. However, no one can become a great writer simply by being taught how to be a better writer, since great writers must have not just skill, but also talent.
Which one of the following can be properly infered from the passage above?
A). All bad writers can become better writers.
B). All great writers had to be taught to become better writers.
C). Some bad writer can never become great writers.
D). Some bad writers can become great writers.
E). Some great writers can be taught to be even better writers.

Can someone please shed some light on this question as to how you approach this question. Do you use Logic Diagrams in such questions?

Thanks
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The opening line of the passage gives a good amount of information to make the decision.

2nd line says --> most bad writers can be taught so that they are no longer bad.
next line says --> still being better writer doesn't make one great writer until one has talent.

Now if you again go through 1st line, you will get a clear picture.
'Some bad writers will be bad even after giving instructions. So they can't become great writers (when they couldn't become better/NOT bad writers).

So correct answer choice is C.
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01 Apr 2016, 15:19
as well known from the definition of inference it is a near fetched conclusion(often called hidden conclusion),only option C meets the brief.
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