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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 16:12
Wow so many I'm having problems between C and D. I'm going to choose D...because denial of this makes the whole argument fall apart.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 16:20
Greenandwise, you should tell me how do you tackle these sorts of CRs
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 17:07
Sure Saurya, sorry about that....

Ok so for these assumption question I usually just read the problem and then from the choices listed I try to find the central assumption. I do that by employing the denial test. So basically if I deny what the answer choice says, and if it is the answer, then the whole argument provided in the question falls apart.

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English and the Austronesian language Mbarbaram both use the word “dogâ€
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 17:12
Ok, sorry your answer is indeed correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 17:18
Late on this one, but i completely agree with greenandwise. Recently, on assumption questions, I have learnt to deny each option and look out for the effect on the argument.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 18:24
I get D)
This question was pretty interesting to me as I am interested in etymology, although I am an engineer :wink: . I worked this one by the process of elimination.

For different people different approaches work. For me negating the answer choice and then proving it right does not work - in fact I get more confused.
After I read the CR statement, I try to formulate the possible answers in my mind before looking at the answer choices. In about 50% of the time, I see an answer choice related to the answer I had in mind. I pick it up and move on. This requires active thinking when you read the CR - not just reading the passage. If I can't think of the answer or I don't see the answer that I had in mind among the answer choices, I use the process of elimination. POE in fact works great for all of the Verbal section for me.

The good thing about CR is that there is only one correct answer, unlike SC where one answer could be more correct than another. In CR, most of the time the wrong choices don't even come close to being the answer.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 18:31
Actually nocilis I find that I have the problem you have with SC mostly with CR...sometimes I have a problem distinguishing between answers for CR. But I agree POE for Verbal is key, definately more so than for Quant!
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 19:56
Green I agree that in the tough bin CRs answer choices are rather deceptive, bold face answer choices even more so.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 20:11
"D" for me. Good ques and good expl by green and nocilis, active reading is a must in CR as suggested by nocilis.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2005, 01:02
D is correct - though when I read C it seemed good as well - but D is indeed better

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2005, 04:47
(D).. agree with greenandwise.

If these 2 did not come in contact of one another, then it may be possible that they have borrowed it from some 3rd language.


I am also learning how to tackle CR questions effectively.

I Think 2 main points required for handling any type of CR are:

1. Proper dissection of Argument in evidences and conclusion.
2. Coming up with ur own answer before going to answer choices.

I think when u master (2), U will start enjoying CR thoroughly. Problem with me is that I am taking much time for coming up with my own answer. I need "loads of practise".
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2005, 10:30
I go with C.

The way I worked it out is that if the person in the question is trying to say that there is no relation because the people who spoke these languages never met, then he is trying to disprove about the relationship between languages. This leads us to the answer C becasue this option is exactly what that authors has in mind i.e. what he has assumed.
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Re: CR Launguages [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2005, 07:33
[quote="saurya_s"]English and the Austronesian language Mbarbaram both use the word “dogâ€
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