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# Activist: Any member of the city council ought either to vote against

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12 Nov 2019, 09:48
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Activist: Any member of the city council ought either to vote against the proposal or to abstain. But if all the members abstain, the matter will be decided by the city’s voters. So at least one member of the city council should vote against the proposal.

The conclusion of the activist’s argument follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) If all the members of the city council abstain in the vote on the proposal, the city’s voters will definitely decide in favor of the proposal.

(B) The proposal should not be decided by the city’s voters.

(C) No members of the city council will vote in favor of the proposal.

(D) If not every member of the city council abstains in the vote on the proposal, the matter will not be decided by the city’s voters.

(E) If one member of the city council ought to vote against the proposal, the other members should abstain in the vote on the proposal.
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13 Nov 2019, 10:13
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IMO D.

If all the members abstain, the matter will be decided by the city’s voters.

Conclusion :--So at least one member of the city council should vote against the proposal.

We are assuming that :->

If not every member of the city council abstains in the vote on the proposal, the matter will not be decided by the city’s voters.
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18 Nov 2019, 04:21
Question stem states: The conclusion of the activist’s argument follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

option B is logically correct as per the passage but I don't think assumption is required. It is clear that the activist does not want voters to decide on the proposal.

Can anyone explain why D is wrong?
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24 Nov 2019, 05:58
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Question stem states: The conclusion of the activist’s argument follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

option B is logically correct as per the passage but I don't think assumption is required. It is clear that the activist does not want voters to decide on the proposal.

Can anyone explain why D is wrong?

(D) If not every member of the city council abstains in the vote on the proposal, the matter will not be decided by the city’s voters.

I originally crossed D because it's saying that if you asked every member of the city to not abstain (vote against) then the city's voters will not have the right to decide, but the stem say that at least one member of the city council should vote against the proposal so one vote from the member of the city is sufficient to not let the the city's voters decide.

By POE, B is correct, but I agree that B is not an assumption
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27 Nov 2019, 23:07
How can B be an assumption - it sounds more like a conclusion.
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25 Dec 2019, 21:09
B is more intent than assumption. Do we have correct OA here ? Isn't Not Every = At Least 1 ? Option D seems more assumption-like.
Re: Activist: Any member of the city council ought either to vote against   [#permalink] 25 Dec 2019, 21:09
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