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A recent newspaper feature story listed several factors as 'predictors' of the likelihood of premature death. Two of these factors were a sedentary lifestyle without regular physical exercise, and sleeping more than 12 hours daily.

If a person, who is trying to avoid premature death, were to respond to this news by both joining an exercise club and buying an alarm clock, that person would probably be:

A) mistaking an explanation for an argument.

B) mistaking an argument for an explanation.

C) mistaking a premise for a conclusion.

D) mistaking a cause for an indicator.

E) mistaking an indicator for a cause.

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22 Jul 2006, 20:00
I chose E. The sedentary lifestyle itself and long hours might not by itself cause the premature death but the effects of these two things might cause the death..dont know if this reasining is ok.
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22 Jul 2006, 20:07
E) mistaking an indicator for a cause.
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22 Jul 2006, 21:59
Straight E.

These two are indicators of likelihood of premature death and are not the cause of premature death.
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23 Jul 2006, 00:37
Agree with E
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23 Jul 2006, 01:27
It`s (E), but might also add that not getting those 7 hours of sleep every night is also conducive to premature aging.

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23 Jul 2006, 02:41
I agree should be E .....
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23 Jul 2006, 13:10
Can someone please explain why you chose E and why other choices are wrong?

And what is the OA?
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23 Jul 2006, 14:40
I'll go with E too.
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24 Jul 2006, 03:20
E seems to be the best.

The person clearly thinks that sedantary lifestly and sleeping more than 12 hrs will cause premature death.
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24 Jul 2006, 04:56
Yup go with E....

Could it not be the premise leading to a conclusion... as it is a finding that the user is taking as the final word...
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24 Jul 2006, 07:49
OA is E

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24 Jul 2006, 07:53
ps_dahiya wrote:
Straight E.

These two are indicators of likelihood of premature death and are not the cause of premature death.

Could it not be C....

As it is a finding that the user is taking as the final word...
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24 Jul 2006, 08:18
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Straight E.

These two are indicators of likelihood of premature death and are not the cause of premature death.

Could it not be C....

As it is a finding that the user is taking as the final word...

It is clearly written: "likelihood". So it is cause effect relationship not a premise conclusion.
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16 Feb 2017, 05:45
5. A recent newspaper feature story listed several factors as 'predictors' of the likelihood of premature death. Two of these factors were a sedentary lifestyle without regular physical exercise, and sleeping more than 12 hours daily.
If a person, who is trying to avoid premature death, were to respond to this news by both joining an exercise club and buying an alarm clock, that person would probably be:
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17 Feb 2017, 06:32
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5. A recent newspaper feature story listed several factors as 'predictors' of the likelihood of premature death. Two of these factors were a sedentary lifestyle without regular physical exercise, and sleeping more than 12 hours daily.
If a person, who is trying to avoid premature death, were to respond to this news by both joining an exercise club and buying an alarm clock, that person would probably be:

The passage uses the word "factors", implying that sedentary lifestyle and sleepiing more than 12 hours may cause premature death. Thus these two are causes. They are not explanations: eliminate A, not arguments: eliminate B, not premises: eliminate C, not indicators: eliminate E. They are causes: retain D. However the person did not mistake the causes for indicators; on the contrary he recognised the causes and took precautionary meaures. Hence Option D is also wrong.

The question seems to be flawed.
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