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21 Aug 2010, 02:54
I d go with D....
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15 Jun 2011, 06:46
I used POE.

(A) The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
Out of scope. Length of marriage is not relevant.

(B) Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple
Out of scope. Who cares about the size of weddings?

(C) Married people cannot get depressed.
Cannot is a strong word. Out.

(D) Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
Only this is remaining.

(E) Some marriages are more harmonious than others.
Out of scope.
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15 Jun 2011, 07:33
Except D all other options are hyperbole.
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15 Jun 2011, 07:52
good explanation! I went with D also, but by process of elimination. Couldn't quite get the reasoning.
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15 Jun 2011, 09:03
D fits best
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15 Jun 2011, 16:59
Good question..chose C at first..!
Very nice explanations guys..
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16 Jun 2011, 06:42
D for me too
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15 Aug 2011, 04:37
The author cites a correlation between marriage and conditions like happiness and health , and concludes that marriage leads to happiness and health. Hence he’s assuming that the causation doesn’t run the other way.
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15 Aug 2011, 07:32
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19 Jun 2012, 06:16
Unwaveringly D. Broken down, D says that marriage is not undertaken only by healthy and non-depressed people but that sad and sickly souls are as likely to get hitched as their jolly contemporaries. Therefore marriage is not dominated by already pre-marriage happy people, but rather it is the institution of marriage which bestows healthy and cheery dispositions to those who enter it. This assumption effectively rules out a consideration that opposes the argument that marriage brings happiness and health.

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06 Sep 2012, 08:29
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Research indicates that there is a connection between being married and being happy and healthy. Media commentators have concluded that marriage causes happiness and health. However, one could reasonably conclude from the research that the cause and effect are the reverse: being happy and healthy makes a person more likely to get married.

(A) The research compared married people to unmarried people. Neither the researchers nor the media commentators made any distinction between newlyweds and those who had been married a long time, so this assumption is not necessary.

(B) The type of wedding is outside the scope of this argument. The research compared married people to unmarried people, but made no distinction based upon the type of wedding. Thus, this assumption is unnecessary.

(C) At first, this statement may seem necessary—after all, if the commentators conclude that marriage causes happiness, a lack of depression in married people would certainly support that conclusion. However, the statement is too extreme. One depressed married person does not invalidate the research indicating that, on average, married people are healthier and happier than non-married people.

(D) CORRECT. This statement eliminates the alternative interpretation of the research findings—that being happy and healthy makes a person more likely to get married.

(E) The research compared married people to unmarried people. Neither the researchers nor the media commentators made any distinction between harmonious marriages and combative marriages, so this assumption is not necessary.

But per Power Score's Assumption negation technique, Option C hold so true.
Per rule, we remove a "not" in the sentence. Then option C becomes,
"Married people can get depressed. "

Which actually hurts the argument and must therefore be the right answer.
Isn't the answer choices are ambiguous here?
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05 Jun 2014, 17:40
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My approach to CR question is first to determine the flaw in the argument (if the stimulus is an argument as oppose to statement of fact). Especially with an assumption question, the argument is most likely to be flaw. For instance, in this question, the flaw is correlation an causation. The commentator claims that just because there is a correlation between marriage and happiness + health benefits, you can conclude that marriage is good for your health and mental attitude.

As for me, I was down between C and D as well.

Answer choice D is correct because address this flaw in a very sneaky way. Choice D address this correlation and causation issue by eliminating the possibility that depression and health issue is actually causing people to NOT get married by saying that
" Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people."

If we negate answer choice D, then we'll see that the conclusion above does not hold. If we negate choice D, we'll get "Single people with depression or health problems are NOT AS LIKELY to get married as are other single people." This show that there are actually a reverse correlation between marriage and depression.

Answer choice C: is incorrect because as stated earlier, if we negate C. The conclusion still holds. This example might help for those of us who still think C is correct. What if I say that running 10 mile is a good for your cardio and fat loss, and some body (answer choice C) argues that runners cannot get fat, would this weakened my argument above. This is very similar to answer C on the question, just because you get married that doesn't mean that you will never be depressed. You might be happily marry for en year and then one day you found out that your husband or wife had an affair with your best friend. Furthermore, both of your parents are suffering from brain tumor. Any reasonable person would be depressed.

hi..

thanks for the OE..but i think the options here need to be reframed. In the question it mentions about Married men and Unmarried men. Option D says about Single men. Single men and Unmarried men cannot be always the same. So option D can also be striked out because of using something out of the context of the question. Please correct me if i am wrong!
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07 Jun 2014, 07:12
But per Power Score's Assumption negation technique, Option C hold so true.
Per rule, we remove a "not" in the sentence. Then option C becomes,
"Married people can get depressed. "

Which actually hurts the argument and must therefore be the right answer.
Isn't the answer choices are ambiguous here?[/quote]

As per the negation technique "married men can get depressed"... this somewhat weakens the argument but does not make it fall apart altogether. Even if some of the married men get depressed it might be due many factors some of which might not be related to the married life... maybe due to illness or something...
Its is like someone in the post above said that if running helps in cardio and weight loss.... that does not leads to further comment that people who run cannot get fat... same line of reasoning goes in this also.
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05 May 2015, 12:57
atey2010 wrote:
My approach to CR question is first to determine the flaw in the argument (if the stimulus is an argument as oppose to statement of fact). Especially with an assumption question, the argument is most likely to be flaw. For instance, in this question, the flaw is correlation an causation. The commentator claims that just because there is a correlation between marriage and happiness + health benefits, you can conclude that marriage is good for your health and mental attitude.

As for me, I was down between C and D as well.

Answer choice D is correct because address this flaw in a very sneaky way. Choice D address this correlation and causation issue by eliminating the possibility that depression and health issue is actually causing people to NOT get married by saying that
" Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people."

If we negate answer choice D, then we'll see that the conclusion above does not hold. If we negate choice D, we'll get "Single people with depression or health problems are NOT AS LIKELY to get married as are other single people." This show that there are actually a reverse correlation between marriage and depression.

Answer choice C: is incorrect because as stated earlier, if we negate C. The conclusion still holds. This example might help for those of us who still think C is correct. What if I say that running 10 mile is a good for your cardio and fat loss, and some body (answer choice C) argues that runners cannot get fat, would this weakened my argument above. This is very similar to answer C on the question, just because you get married that doesn't mean that you will never be depressed. You might be happily marry for en year and then one day you found out that your husband or wife had an affair with your best friend. Furthermore, both of your parents are suffering from brain tumor. Any reasonable person would be depressed.

Very well explained, the strategy of negating contenders & checking whether the answer choice weakens the conclusion helps in solving such CRs (Given in Powerscore).
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06 Jun 2015, 05:47
D it is.

Answer became evident right after the reading the rest of the options.
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08 Jun 2015, 02:52
gmat cr makes it hard to realize evidence and conclusion and make us fail.

if we can simplify the argument, can realize the evidence and conclusion clearly, the task of criticizing would be more simple and we can win.

in this problem, evidence is covered

suppose

media commentators see that maried persons are more happy than unmarried persons and conclude that marriage makes persons happy.

if argument is writen this way, all of us will win this question.

reading ability, therefore, is important to persons, especially for non natives.
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18 Jan 2017, 18:30
In causal relationship questions, make note of cause and effect using arrow diagram.
And for assumption type of cause and effect questions like this, we need to show that effect cant be the cause(ofcourse other assumptions could also be there like alternate cause not possible)
3. Here, marriage->(leads to)good health, so assumption is: good health doesn't leads to marriage=> a depressed person is as likely to get married as any other person.

On negation: If we say a depressed person is not as likely to get married as any other person. This means, non depressed person is more likely=> happy people(effect) are inclined towards marriage(cause), hence argument is destroyed.

So, ans is D
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