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# Amateur gardeners who plant based on the phases of the moon tends

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09 Aug 2018, 17:58
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Amateur gardeners who plant based on the phases of the moon tends to get better results than those who do not. This seems surprising since the phases of the moon do not affect how plants grow. An alternative practice often found among amateur gardeners is to plant during the first warm spell of spring, which leads to problems when a frost follows. So, amateur gardeners who use the phases of the moon are less likely to lose plants to a frost.

The argument requires assuming which one of the following?

A. Using the phases of the moon usually leads amateur gardeners to plant later in the spring than those planted at the first warm spell.
B. The phases of the moon affect whether a frost follows the first warm spell of spring.
C. Amateur gardeners who use the phases of the moon tend to plant different types of plants than do other amateur gardeners.
D. Amateur gardeners cannot improve their results unless they understand why their methods work as they do.
E. Professional gardeners only rarely plant at the first warm spell of spring.
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09 Aug 2018, 21:06
Prethiking : The author concludes that amateur gardeners who use the phases of the moon are less likely to lose plants to a frost. The author also specified in the argument that amateur gardeners who plant during the first warm spell of spring faces problems when a frost follows the warm spell.

From the above information, the author must have assumed that phases of moon are not followed by a frost.

A. Using the phases of the moon usually leads amateur gardeners to plant later in the spring than those planted at the first warm spell.

This option aligns with prethinking. If the phases of moon lead amateur gardeners to plant later in the spring than the first warm spell, then the frost will not affect the plants planted later and amateur gardeners are less likely to lose plants to frost

B. The phases of the moon affect whether a frost follows the first warm spell of spring.

If the phases of the moon affect whether a frost follows the first warm spell of spring, then all the plants get effected by frost and this goes against authors conclusion INCORRECT

C. Amateur gardeners who use the phases of the moon tend to plant different types of plants than do other amateur gardeners.

Unrelated. This option talks about the types of plants while the authors argument is about the season when these plants are planted. INCORRECT

D. Amateur gardeners cannot improve their results unless they understand why their methods work as they do.

Unrelated. This option talks about the working of the planting methods while the authors argument is about the season when these plants are planted. INCORRECT

E. Professional gardeners only rarely plant at the first warm spell of spring.

Talks about professional gardeners while the authors argument is about amateur gardeners. INCORRECT

Hence option A
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10 Aug 2018, 02:21
Confused between A & B

The conclusion says that the amateur gardeners who use the phases of the moon are less likely to lose plants to a frost - a frost in general and not only the frost that follows the first warm spell of spring.

Option A says that amateur gardeners plant later in the spring.....
This might save them from the frost that follows the first warm spell of the spring but this won't save them from frost in general.

Option B says that the phases of the moon affect whether a frost follows the first warm spell.
So, using the phases of the moon, the amateur gardeners can predict frost and can decide whether to plant during the first warm spell. Amateur gardeners can use the phases of the moon to predict frost during other times also - in general.

So confusing. I'd go with B.

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