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# It is true of both men and women that those marry as young

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119. It is true of both men and women that those marry as young adults live longer than those who never marry. This does not show that marriage causes people to live longer, since, as compared with other people of the same age, young adults who are about to get married have fewer of the unhealthy habits that can cause a person to have a shorter life, most notably smoking and immoderate drinking of alcohol.

Which of following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

a) Marriage tends to cause people to engage less regularly in sports that involve risk of bodily harm.

b) A married person who has an unhealthy habit is more likely to give up that habit than a person with the same habit who is unmarried.

c) A person who smokes is much more likely than nonsmoker to marry a person who smokes at the time of marriage, and the same is true for people who drink alcohol immoderately.

d) Among people who marry as young adults, most of those who give up an unhealthy habit after marriage do not resume the habit later in life.

e) Among people who as young adults neither drink alcohol immoderately nor smoke, those who never marry live as long as those marry.

My question is the passage doesn't mention those people before marriage have a healthy life habit, does it?
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119. It is true of both men and women that those marry as young adults live longer than those who never marry. This does not show that marriage causes people to live longer, since, as compared with other people of the same age, young adults who are about to get married have fewer of the unhealthy habits that can cause a person to have a shorter life, most notably smoking and immoderate drinking of alcohol.

Which of following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

a) Marriage tends to cause people to engage less regularly in sports that involve risk of bodily harm.

b) A married person who has an unhealthy habit is more likely to give up that habit than a person with the same habit who is unmarried.

c) A person who smokes is much more likely than nonsmoker to marry a person who smokes at the time of marriage, and the same is true for people who drink alcohol immoderately.

d) Among people who marry as young adults, most of those who give up an unhealthy habit after marriage do not resume the habit later in life.

e) Among people who as young adults neither drink alcohol immoderately nor smoke, those who never marry live as long as those marry.

My question is the passage doesn't mention those people before marriage have a healthy life habit, does it?

conclusion :This does not show that marriage causes people to live longer .

We need to see answer who support this conclusion " Which shows marriage does not help to live longer or health"

a) Marriage tends to cause people to engage less regularly in sports that involve risk of bodily harm.
This is showing benefit of marriage so can not be answer.
b) A married person who has an unhealthy habit is more likely to give up that habit than a person with the same habit who is unmarried.
This is again showing benefit of marriage so can not be answer.
c) A person who smokes is much more likely than nonsmoker to marry a person who smokes at the time of marriage, and the same is true for people who drink alcohol immoderately.
Out of scope, who will marry here or what is choice for selection.
d) Among people who marry as young adults, most of those who give up an unhealthy habit after marriage do not resume the habit later in life.
This is again showing benefit of marriage so can not be answer.
e) Among people who as young adults neither drink alcohol immoderately nor smoke, those who never marry live as long as those marry.
Only answer choice which shows marriage is not the reason for people to live longer.

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03 Aug 2011, 10:09
E is the answer. The questions asks you to prove that people who live long lives neither drinks or smokes. E supports that argument by stating that the non-drinkers and non-smokers live as long as those who marry.
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Re: A 12th OG problem, pls help to explain it.(7) [#permalink]

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03 Aug 2011, 21:05
Excellent explaination which exceeds that of OG. Now I understand.

When I come across CR, I always think the answer which concept is different from that of OG. At this point, I didn't think " Just choose the answer Marriage doesn't influence people's unhealth habits" instead I look for something else like "choice d" .

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tracyyahoo wrote:
119. It is true of both men and women that those marry as young adults live longer than those who never marry. This does not show that marriage causes people to live longer, since, as compared with other people of the same age, young adults who are about to get married have fewer of the unhealthy habits that can cause a person to have a shorter life, most notably smoking and immoderate drinking of alcohol.

Which of following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

a) Marriage tends to cause people to engage less regularly in sports that involve risk of bodily harm.

b) A married person who has an unhealthy habit is more likely to give up that habit than a person with the same habit who is unmarried.

c) A person who smokes is much more likely than nonsmoker to marry a person who smokes at the time of marriage, and the same is true for people who drink alcohol immoderately.

d) Among people who marry as young adults, most of those who give up an unhealthy habit after marriage do not resume the habit later in life.

e) Among people who as young adults neither drink alcohol immoderately nor smoke, those who never marry live as long as those marry.

My question is the passage doesn't mention those people before marriage have a healthy life habit, does it?

conclusion :This does not show that marriage causes people to live longer .

We need to see answer who support this conclusion " Which shows marriage does not help to live longer or health"

a) Marriage tends to cause people to engage less regularly in sports that involve risk of bodily harm.
This is showing benefit of marriage so can not be answer.
b) A married person who has an unhealthy habit is more likely to give up that habit than a person with the same habit who is unmarried.
This is again showing benefit of marriage so can not be answer.
c) A person who smokes is much more likely than nonsmoker to marry a person who smokes at the time of marriage, and the same is true for people who drink alcohol immoderately.
Out of scope, who will marry here or what is choice for selection.
d) Among people who marry as young adults, most of those who give up an unhealthy habit after marriage do not resume the habit later in life.
This is again showing benefit of marriage so can not be answer.
e) Among people who as young adults neither drink alcohol immoderately nor smoke, those who never marry live as long as those marry.
Only answer choice which shows marriage is not the reason for people to live longer.

I hope my explanation helped. If indeed, please give me kudos.
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