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All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods. Yet,

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All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods. Yet, [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 21:08
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All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods. Yet, many people who have had happy childhoods are good comedians, and some good comedians who have had miserably unhappy childhoods are happy adults.

If the statements in the passage are true, which one of the following CANNOT be true?
(A) The proportion of good comedians who had unhappy childhoods is greater than the proportion of the best comedians who did.
(B) Some good comedians have had unhappy childhoods and are unhappy adults.
(C) Most of the best comedians are happy adults.
(D) More good comedians have had unhappy childhoods than have had happy childhoods.
(E) The proportion of comedians who are happy adults is higher than the proportions who are unhappy adults.

Do we have these in GMAT,they are almost always confusing .
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We are asked for the statement with CANNOT be true, i.e. which is definitely false.

Consider A first.

What is the proportion of the best comedians who had unhappy childhoods? Right from the first statement, it is 1 (or 100%). The next line then tells us that some good comedians also had unhappy childhoods. Therefore it follows that not all good comedians had unhappy childhoods. Therefore this proportion is certainly less than 1. This is therefore the right option.

(A) it is.
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Re: All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2013, 11:18
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All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods. Yet, many people who have had happy childhoods are good comedians, and some good comedians who have had miserably unhappy childhoods are happy adults.

If the statements in the passage are true, which one of the following CANNOT be true?
(A) The proportion of good comedians who had unhappy childhoods is greater than the proportion of the best comedians who did.
(B) Some good comedians have had unhappy childhoods and are unhappy adults.
(C) Most of the best comedians are happy adults.
(D) More good comedians have had unhappy childhoods than have had happy childhoods.
(E) The proportion of comedians who are happy adults is higher than the proportions who are unhappy adults.

Do we have these in GMAT,they are almost always confusing .


I agree with you that the question is pretty confused. not properly a gmat-like question
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