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A particular phenomenon has been observed in the relationship between age and attire. The more formally a person is dressed, the older the average observer will gauge him or her to be. Thus, the average observer viewing two men, one wearing a business suit and the other wearing casual clothing, will generally estimate the man in the business suit to be five years older than the man wearing casual clothing.

The conclusion of the argument above would be more properly drawn if which of the following were true?

A. The age of the man wearing the business suit is greater than that of the man wearing casual clothing.

B. The older a man is, the more likely it is that he will wear a business suit.

C. The age of the man wearing the business suit is equal to the age of the man wearing casual clothing.

D. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate regarding casually dressed people than formally dressed people.

E. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate regarding formally dressed people than casually dressed people.

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13 Feb 2010, 10:45
C.

Strengthens the conclusion by ruling out the fact that the man in the suit may in fact be older by 5 years, etc.
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13 Feb 2010, 10:56
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C.

Strengthens the conclusion by ruling out the fact that the man in the suit may in fact be older by 5 years, etc.

OA is C. But I selected B --

I didnt understand the logic clearly.

Can you explain further --
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A particular phenomenon has been observed in the relationship between age and attire. The more formally a person is dressed, the older the average observer will gauge him or her to be. Thus, the average observer viewing two men, one wearing a business suit and the other wearing casual clothing, will generally estimate the man in the business suit to be five years older than the man wearing casual clothing.

The conclusion of the argument above would be more properly drawn if which of the following were true?

Premise: The more formal the dress the older the person will look.

Conclusion: Average observer will think that a man in business suit is 5 years older than a man wearing casual attire.

Based on the premise the argument reaches the conclusion, but it does not address the underlying weaknesses of the argument. What if the man in the business suit is actually 5, 10, etc. years older than a man wearing casual cloth? If that were true then it would considerably weaken the argument. We wouldn't know if the phenomenon was actually true or if the person noticed the true age difference, etc.

By stating that both men are the same age we patch that weakness up thus strengthening the original conclusion.
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Suvorov wrote:

Based on the premise the argument reaches the conclusion, but it does not address the underlying weaknesses of the argument. What if the man in the business suit is actually 5, 10, etc. years older than a man wearing casual cloth? If that were true then it would considerably weaken the argument. We wouldn't know if the phenomenon was actually true or if the person noticed the true age difference, etc.

By stating that both men are the same age we patch that weakness up thus strengthening the original conclusion.

ok. Got it -- thanks!
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