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Largemouth bass are usually found living in shallow waters near the lake banks wherever minnows are found. There are no largemouth bass living on this side of the lake.

Which of the following would logically complete an argument with the preceding premises given?

A. Therefore, there are no minnows on this side of the lake.
B. Therefore, there are probably no minnows on this side of the lake.
C. Therefore, there will never be any minnows on this side of the lake.
D. Therefore, largemouth bass are not found in the shallow water of rivers unless minnows are also present.
E. Therefore, lakes that contain minnows are the only habitat where largemouth bass are found.
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Re: Largemouth bass are usually found living in shallow waters [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 06:11
A. Therefore, there are no minnows on this side of the lake.
B. Therefore, there are probably no minnows on this side of the lake.
C. Therefore, there will never be any minnows on this side of the lake.
D. Therefore, largemouth bass are not found in the shallow water of rivers unless minnows are also present.
E. Therefore, lakes that contain minnows are the only habitat where largemouth bass are found.

Straight from the go you can elimate C,D,E

The answer is B for two reasons. First the operative Usually, meaning there could be exceptions (A is an absolute statement). Second A is akin to saying if A therefore B leads to if B therefore A.

Answer is B
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Re: Largemouth bass are usually found living in shallow waters [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 07:09
B easily stands out because it is the mildest of all statements. More often than not mild statements make better answer choices is finding conclusion. Now we have only got to check if B gels well with the argument. We can see that it clearly does.

Hence answer should be B.
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Re: Largemouth bass are usually found living in shallow waters [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2012, 09:47
If A ( minnows are found) , then B (Largemouth bass are usually found living in shallow waters)

If not B ((Largemouth bass are not usually found living in shallow waters) ,then not A (minnows are not found).

However, the above sentence is not the case in this issue, not "if not B"

If LB are not found, then maybe this side of river bank are deep water or minnows are not found. There are two cases for this result, so choice B use "probably" exactly expresses the correct one.
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