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# Almost all of the books published in the past 150 years were

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22 Oct 2006, 09:15
Between A and B
A extreme
B should be mitigaded by deacidification, not almost all

I pick A
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22 Oct 2006, 16:03
I go for A. I'm not that disturbed about the 'completly'.

Someone who's dying will be one day dead.
Thus a book destroying itself will be one day destroyed!

Almost everyone choosing B says he's going for B because A extreme. But why do you choose B?
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23 Oct 2006, 11:15
I agree that the choice is between A and B and I would choose B.

The stem says Almost all books were on acidic paper and all acidic paper gradually destroys itself. In other words Almost all books gradually destroy themselves.

A is not right because if the book was not on acidic paper then it will probably not deteriorate completely.
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23 Oct 2006, 12:24
like most of you, I also selected B but the OA is A. This is a LsAT question so no OE is given
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23 Oct 2006, 12:29
I suppose you could argue that there are a lot of books that have significant historical value and thus will be saved and thus less than almost all books will be destroyed.
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26 Oct 2006, 09:28
I still think it's (B). In (A), what if the book wasn't printed on acidic paper in the first place? The premise clearly states that NOT all books in the past 150 years were printed on acidic paper.
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26 Oct 2006, 09:52
OK, I think I got it now. I was also between choosing A and B...

What B is saying is that almost all books published...will gradually destroy themselves, but the statements in the passage do not mention if most books published then are considered historical or not. Therefore, we can't know for sure if most or just a small fraction of the books will be saved.

A clears this up, not by mentioning how many of them are historical, but by simply stating that if X and Y are true, then C will happen (deteriorate).
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26 Oct 2006, 11:55
gmacvik wrote:
Almost all of the books published in the past 150 years were printed on acidic paper. Unfortunately, every kind of acidic paper gradually destroys itself due to its very acidity. This process of deterioration can be slowed if the books are stored in a cool, dry environment. Techniques, which are now being developed, to deacidify books will probably be applied only to books with historical significance.
If all of the statements in the passage above are true, which one of the following must also be true?
(A) If a book was published in the past 150 years and is historically insignificant, it will probably deteriorate completely.
(B) Almost all of the books published in the past 150 years will gradually destroy themselves.
(C) Almost all of the books that gradually deteriorate are made of acidic paper.
(D) If a book is of historical significance and was printed before 150 years ago, it will be deacidified.
(E) Books published on acidic paper in 1900 should now all be at about the same state of deterioration.

For whatever it's worth - I had chosen A. And I had discarded B because it says almost all books published in the past 150 yrs will gradually destroy themselves ---- SAVE however the books (if any) with historical significance WHO THE STEM SAYS WILL BE PRESERVED --- so this stmt has at least ONE untrue condition.
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29 Oct 2006, 12:56
I go with A.
29 Oct 2006, 12:56

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