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Among the teachers at Ashcroft High School, English and History teache

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Among the teachers at Ashcroft High School, English and History teacher have the heaviest grading burden. In addition to the smaller daily assignments that all other teachers must grade, English and History teachers, especially of junior and senior students, must grade lengthy writing assignments a few times a semester — literary essays in English and term papers in History. Therefore, since English and History teachers grade more, they should be paid more than the teachers of other subjects.

Select Strengthen for the statement that would, if true, most strengthen the argument, and select Weaken for the statement that would, if true, most weaken the argument. Make only two selections, one in each column.

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Hi mikemcgarry,

Good Question.
strengthen was D all right. But i somehow did not settle as D for weakner.
cause A was similar to D, If i had to eliminate A i should eliminate D as well.

Can you explain how D is the answer ?
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Shrivathsan wrote:
Hi mikemcgarry,

Good Question.
strengthen was D all right. But i somehow did not settle as D for weakner.
cause A was similar to D, If i had to eliminate A i should eliminate D as well.

Can you explain how D is the answer ?

Dear Shrivathsan

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, you wrote: "strengthen was D all right." Did you mean (F)? In this question, the OA for the strengthener question is (F). Do you understand this?

Now, for the weakener: you ask, why (D) and not (A). You see, the conclusion is "Therefore, since English and History teachers grade more, they should be paid more than the teachers of other subjects." In other words, the argument establishes a connection between grading and salary. Choice (A) describes a scenario in which extra time is spent with students, but nothing is being graded. In that sense, (A) is analogously related but outside the main focus of the argument. By contrast, (D) is about something that is graded--in particular, a time-consuming grading project for teachers other than English & History teachers. This weakens the argument.

Does this make sense?
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