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# Census data for Prenland show that unmarried Prenlandic men

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Census data for Prenland show that unmarried Prenlandic men [#permalink]

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Census data for Prenland show that unmarried Prenlandic men in their thirties outnumber unmarried Prenlandic women in that age group by about ten to one. Most of these men do wish to marry. Clearly, however, unless many of them marry women who are not Prenlandic, all but a minority will remain unmarried.
The argument makes which of the following assumptions?

(A)It is unlikely that many of these unmarried Prenlandic men will marry women more than a few years older than themselves.

(B)Most of the unmarried Prenlandic men are unwilling to marry women who are not Prenlandic

The answer is (A), why not (B)
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15 Jul 2004, 09:53
This one seems simple.

The assumption is that the set of men that is compared is going to marry the given set of women. Only if this happens would the argument hold. If the set of men married older (or younger) women, we would not be able to say if they would remain unmarried or not, because we do not know abt the older (or younger) women of that area.

Hence A
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15 Jul 2004, 10:16
Sorry, could you tell me

why not B

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15 Jul 2004, 10:24
The best test for assumption question is to negate your answer to see whether the conclusion falls apart. In our case,

B)Most of the unmarried Prenlandic men are (un)willing to marry women who are not Prenlandic. Does this affect our conclusion.

Our conclusion is - all but a minority will remain unmarried unless they marry a non-Prenlandic women.

A) - clearly seems to be the assumption. Because the premises given doesn't anything about the age group above and below, this should be the answer.

I don't know whether this makes any sense to you.
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15 Jul 2004, 15:03
It is A. You neagte B and the conclusion will not hold true.

Why is A correct,

For all to get married, they have to go outside of their region, Since many of the men will not go outside, they will remain unmarried. the most important part of the assumption is that women should be in the same category. B does not talk about it.

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