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Rodrigo: A number of commentators have recently opined that it is strange that the public should generally show more sympathy for the rich than for the middle class, and have recommended that we allot the bulk of our sympathy for those who make a fraction of the amount made by a millionaire, since those who make millions have enough money to ease most of the real difficulties in life. I agree with these commentators, and will be glad to receive the public’s sympathy for my troubles getting a license for my new yacht, since I only make 7/8 of what a millionaire makes per year.

Which of the following best describes a flaw in Rodrigo’s reasoning?

He makes an inappropriate generalization when referring to a group.
The commentators he cites have not set a minimum and a maximum fractional value at which one can receive sympathy.
He is not a millionaire, so he cannot own a yacht.
He illicitly exploits a second incompatible meaning of a term.
He accepts a claim based on its source, not its merits.
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Re: Rodrigo: A number of commentators have recently opined that [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 06:52
Why not B ?

commentator has not made it clear what minimum or maximum fraction of the amount made by a millionaire will make a person of middle class.
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Re: Rodrigo: A number of commentators have recently opined that [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 11:55
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Why not B ?

commentator has not made it clear what minimum or maximum fraction of the amount made by a millionaire will make a person of middle class.


Rodrigo's point is that since commentators said "Millionaires" shouldn't receive sympathy and since he is 1/8th short of a million, he should get sympathy.
Notice how they mention a yacht, to point out that he is rich, just not technically a 'millionaire".
D says : He illicitly exploits a second incompatible meaning of a term (term= millionaire). Bang on !

Whereas, B says: The commentators he cites have not set a minimum and a maximum fractional value at which one can receive sympathy.
It doesn't matter what max and min value are. Acc to Rodrigo's reasoning, as long as he's some amount short of a millionaire, he's good to go the sympathy route .

See how D makes wayyyy more sense? :idea:
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Re: Rodrigo: A number of commentators have recently opined that [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 13:32
thanks surbhi... D makes sense now..
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Re: Rodrigo: A number of commentators have recently opined that [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2014, 13:22
surbhi87 wrote:
fnumiamisburg wrote:
Why not B ?

commentator has not made it clear what minimum or maximum fraction of the amount made by a millionaire will make a person of middle class.


Rodrigo's point is that since commentators said "Millionaires" shouldn't receive sympathy and since he is 1/8th short of a million, he should get sympathy.
Notice how they mention a yacht, to point out that he is rich, just not technically a 'millionaire".
D says : He illicitly exploits a second incompatible meaning of a term (term= millionaire). Bang on !

Whereas, B says: The commentators he cites have not set a minimum and a maximum fractional value at which one can receive sympathy.
It doesn't matter what max and min value are. Acc to Rodrigo's reasoning, as long as he's some amount short of a millionaire, he's good to go the sympathy route .

See how D makes wayyyy more sense? :idea:


I agree with 'D' answer. However, I disagree with which the illicitily exploited term is.
According to Oxford Dictionary,the definition of "fraction" in English is the following:
fraction (noun)
1. A numerical quantity that is not a whole number (e.g. 1/ 2, 0.5).
2. A small or tiny part, amount, or proportion of something: he hesitated for a fraction of a second her eyes widened a fraction

Rodrigo exploits the first meaning, whereas the comentator is using the second one (IMO).
Re: Rodrigo: A number of commentators have recently opined that   [#permalink] 21 Mar 2014, 13:22
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