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# Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby

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20. Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.
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23 Sep 2009, 18:20
IMO E. Whats OA?
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23 Sep 2009, 19:20
I will go with E

(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends

Author claims that if Shy adolescents loose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. Exacerbation can happen only when they are feeling lose of friends
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27 Sep 2009, 15:19
ichha148 wrote:
I will go with E

(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends

Author claims that if Shy adolescents loose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. Exacerbation can happen only when they are feeling lose of friends

wrong.

any more takers?
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27 Sep 2009, 19:20
D.
If developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness, so there must be some other successful strategy available for them, this is what D says.
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27 Sep 2009, 19:30

But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated - Why will they lose interest ?

Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
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27 Sep 2009, 21:52
I think it's D, since it suggests that there's a better strategy for overcoming it.
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28 Sep 2009, 23:28
IMO E,
D is more like a conclusion.
C apply to all cases, where as statement says sometimes.
A and B is not near by
can someone explain the best way to solve such assumption question.
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29 Sep 2009, 05:25
is it B?
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29 Sep 2009, 06:00
IMO D.

if you negate this then this will weaken the conclusion of the statment.
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29 Sep 2009, 06:13
i would choose E in the exam
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29 Sep 2009, 06:15
no clue plz provide the OA
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22 Oct 2009, 16:22
"D" for me. Negate D and the argument falls apart. What is the "OA" ?
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22 Oct 2009, 23:27
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20. Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.

Invariably C for me.
The shy engaged in hobby to help distract them from loneliness. It means hobby overcomes loneliness to some extant.
1) The shy evantually find a friend. Then if the shy lose interest in hobby, the loneliness may be intensified.
2) The shy will not find a friend. If the shy is engaged in hobby for ever, they will be distracted from loneliness for ever. Here the missed ASSUMPTION, that the shy any way lose interest in hobby, therefore feel loneliness.

My ans is C
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23 Oct 2009, 04:53
IMO C..OA pls
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25 Oct 2009, 13:40
IMO B
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25 Oct 2009, 14:53

Building blocks (just thinking with myself):
2) they have hobbies to distract them from their loneliness
3) there is a possibility of someone have the same hobby as these shy adolescents. It would be a way of know people.

[gap]

conclusion: if they choose not to have this hobby anymore, their loneliness will get worse and therefore this strategy is not "recommended". [in other words, it did not worth having this hobby]

For me, what would fill in this gap is something that says "shy people look for hobbies in order to find friends and will necessarily be disappointed if they do not find one"

I was in between E and C

I choose C because E is already said in the text

OA?

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20. Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.
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26 Oct 2009, 06:03
I think it's E
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03 Dec 2009, 03:46
it is B
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03 Dec 2009, 08:59

The conclusion clearly states that developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy.
We have to assume that there exists some other strategy that will be successful.

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