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# All of John's friends say they know someone who has smoked

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All of John's friends say they know someone who has smoked 40 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years and yet who is really fit and well. John does not know anyone like that and it is quite certain that he is not unique among his friends in this respect.

If the statements in the passage are true, then which one of the following must also be true?

(A) Smoking often lie about how much they smoke.

(B) People often knowingly exaggerate without intending to lie.

(C) All John's friends know the same lifelong heavy smoker.

(D) Most of John's friends are not telling the truth.

(E) Some of John's friends are not telling the truth.
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23 Dec 2003, 12:05
there is nothing I see to relate the premises with these 5 statements.

man, giving it a shot B ??
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23 Dec 2003, 16:03
I'd say E too but this is really a tough one. You better prove your point with the answer
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23 Dec 2003, 21:01
yes i vote for E because it is not too strong and it is most likely to be true.
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24 Dec 2003, 16:22
E
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06 Jan 2007, 00:58
E is reasonable...
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06 Jan 2007, 01:20
I would say C, E seems too subjective to me
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06 Jan 2007, 04:23
mbamantra wrote:
yes i vote for E because it is not too strong and it is most likely to be true.

It is a common knowledge that if some body smokes 40 ciggies a day, he would not be there to smoke for 40 years. So why not go for D and not E?
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06 Jan 2007, 06:05
If John does not know anyone and if he is not unique among his friends means that there are few more friends alongside John who do not know this "Someone" who has smoked for 40 years.

This could mean 2 things - Either it is a lie or it is an exaggeration

I striked off E and D because they sounded extreme - not telling the truth.
C - is out because of the last line (he is not unique).
B - Sounds good
A - Strike off!

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06 Jan 2007, 09:12
1-All of John's friends say they know someone who has smoked 40 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years and yet who is really fit and well. John does not know anyone like that and it is quite certain that he is not unique among his friends in this respect.

2-John does not know anyone like that

3-it is quite certain that he is not unique among his friends in this respect.

Therefore, clearly some of his friends are not telling the truth.
It is a clear E to me, I don't see how it could be any other answer.
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06 Jan 2007, 22:09
E

All of John's friends say they know someone who has smoked 40 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years and yet who is really fit and well. John does not know anyone like that and it is quite certain that he is not unique among his friends in this respect.
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07 Jan 2007, 06:15
axl_oz wrote:
If John does not know anyone and if he is not unique among his friends means that there are few more friends alongside John who do not know this "Someone" who has smoked for 40 years.

This could mean 2 things - Either it is a lie or it is an exaggeration

I striked off E and D because they sounded extreme - not telling the truth.
C - is out because of the last line (he is not unique).
B - Sounds good
A - Strike off!

I think...B can be true..but not "must be true"
07 Jan 2007, 06:15
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