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# Being articulate has been equated with having a large

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Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary. Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate. Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.

Which one of the following is an assumption made in the argument?

(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.

(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.

(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.

(D) In educating people’ to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.

(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large Vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.

Originally posted by automan on 13 Feb 2008, 16:32.
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13 Feb 2008, 17:34
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I think the correct answer is A.
Premise: Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary
Counter-premise: people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate
Conclusion: a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.
Now what information is required in order the conclusion to be true? In order for the people to be articulate they must have the capacity to express themself.
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13 Feb 2008, 18:14
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Premise: People with large vocab find it inadequate to use it in making creative expression
Conclusion: Large vocab is hindrance for creative expression

Assumption: A --> When people truly have to be articulate in expression, they don't use large vocab and find it inadequate
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13 Feb 2008, 20:42
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C for me

general implied definitaion of articulate = having large vocab
author's stated defination of vocab = creative lingustic expression

conclusion: "large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way."
premise: people with large vocab don't engage in articulate expression.

because the people with large vacab do not engage in creative articulate self-expression, it must be because of the large vocab; therefore, large vocab is the hinderance. for this logic to hold, the assumption has to state that people could not use utilize articulative expressiveness not because they chose not to but because they could not.

this assumption will strengthen the argument that large vocab does not make an atriculate person.

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Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary. Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate. Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.

Which one of the following is an assumption made in the argument?

(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.
(D) In educating people’ to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large Vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.

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14 Feb 2008, 07:48
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I'm going with B.
The conclusion is that a large vocabulary wont help you to be articulate.

(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
Even if this is true it doesnt mean that a larger vocabulary wont help
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
Bingo, if you are articulate with a small vocabulary then getting a larger one wont help
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.
If the most articulate people have a large vocab then a large vocab would not be a hindrance, it would be a requisite
(D) In educating people’ to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.
Doesnt explain why it would be futile. Also educating people address different issues
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large Vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.
Doest say if their large vocabularies is an advantage or not
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14 Feb 2008, 11:10
OA is A. Could anyone explain why?
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14 Feb 2008, 12:39
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automan wrote:
OA is A. Could anyone explain why?

I'll try...

[A] - people who are articulate.
[V] - people who have a large vocabulary.
[do] - have incentive for, and tend to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate.

the argument:
[A] equal [V]. But [V] do not [do]. Therefore, [V] is not [A].

Now the argument with option "A":
[A] equal [V]. But [V] do not [do]. But [do] means to be [A]. Therefore, [V] is not [A].

How is my formula? Is it useful?
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14 Feb 2008, 15:08
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Conclusion: Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.

(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate. [HOLD It]
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.[Assumption has nothing to do with the incentives – eliminate it]
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.[What is the characteristic of the most articulate person is irrelevant – eliminate it]
(D) In educating people’ to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.[Enticing –conclusion is not about educating , but using of the language – eliminate it]
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large Vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.[Unfamiliar situation is irrelevant – eliminate it]

One great tool for the assumption problem is negation technique: If negating an assumption invalids the conclusion then the assumption is correct. In our example, let’s negate A.
When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem [b]adequate
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This makes vocabulary an integral part of the language usage. Now, check the conclusion: Conclusion no longer stands.[/b]
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17. Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary. Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate. Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.
Which one of the following is an assumption made in the argument?
(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.
(D) In educating people’ to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large Vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.

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22 Feb 2010, 11:11
(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
>> Yes. This is the assumption in the passage.
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
>> Not relevant.
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.
>> This looks like a contradiction.
(D) In educating people’ to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.
>> Educating people is irrelavant.
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large Vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.
>> This is the fact in passage. And not an assumption.
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22 Feb 2010, 22:46
Though the OA is A but I like to go for E as
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Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate

Now if the vocabulary is available then there will be no requirement of self-expression so based on this I choose E
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29 Mar 2010, 03:58
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06 Apr 2010, 06:33
pretty convoluted options ..god for lawyers
Got it wrong with B. Will need to think over ...
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16 May 2010, 04:55
I dont catch this one.

Could anybody try to explain again?

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07 May 2011, 03:12
i think it is straightforward A . the technique with assumption questions is simple, just prephrase the assumption before going to the options. learned this from bb's post
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16 May 2011, 04:03
There are three words in this CR you should focusing on - articulate, incentive and hindrance

a = large vocab b = no incentive c = hindrance

The counter argument can be people who have large vocab are unable to self express when no words seem adequate. This is a shortcoming on the part of people with big words. On the other hand - if people have no incentive then even though they have large vocab they refrain from getting into linguistic self expression. Hence there is no problem or shortcoming with the people with large vocab. Infact sometimes having a large vocab is a hindrance to using a language in a truly effective way.

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17. Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary. Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate. Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.
Which one of the following is an assumption made in the argument?
(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.
(D) In educating people’ to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large Vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.

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10 Jul 2012, 06:40

Perhaps one can pre-phase, helping one to understand that the definition of true articulateness is based on the ability to express one's self linguistically in a creative manner when no available words seem adequate. Doing enables us to realize that A is the right answer.

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Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary. Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate. Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.

Which one of the following is an assumption made in the argument?
(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.
(D) In educating people to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies.
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.
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25 Sep 2012, 22:01
Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary. Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate. Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.

Which one of the following is an assumption made in the argument?
(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies. out of scope it is no where mentioned in the stimulus about people who are able to express themselves have little incentive to acquire large vocabs
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it.might be he first pick in a quick glance, but in detail thought it is out of scope, can be an inference by a stretch but not assumption
(D) In educating people to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabulariesagain out of scope.
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.contradicts the argument. in argument it says they have no incentive but not that they dont have suitable words

In this question we have to find a link between having large vocabulary and expressing yourself in situations in which the vocab seems inadequate. This link is formed by A as the the argument is assuming that truly articulate people are ONLY those who can express them in creative ways in new situations.
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Being articulate has been equated with having a large vocabulary. Actually, however, people with large vocabularies have no incentive for, and tend not to engage in, the kind of creative linguistic self-expression that is required when no available words seem adequate. Thus a large vocabulary is a hindrance to using language in a truly articulate way.

Which one of the following is an assumption made in the argument?
(A) When people are truly articulate, they have the capacity to express themselves in situations in which their vocabularies seem inadequate.
(B) People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have little incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
(C) The most articulate people are people who have large vocabularies but also are able to express themselves creatively when the situation demands it. - This is opposite to the conclusion.
(D) In educating people to be more articulate, it would be futile to try to increase the size of their vocabularies. - out of scope if you articulate well, you dont need to increase vocabulary
(E) In unfamiliar situations, even people with large vocabularies often do not have specifically suitable words available.
- this merely repeats the idea mentioned in premise

Tough one.

Premise -

Good Vocab --> 1 need not be articulate
therefore large vocab is a hindrance in being articulate..

conclusion-

Large vocabulary is a hindrance to being articulate

Assumption can be -
for 1 to be articulate --> no need of Good Vocab

( x causes y where assumption can be y does not cause x )

For me A and B were close.
I eliminated B for the reason - People who articulate well do not need to increase their vocab. It fails to have impact on the conclusion whether lack of vocab stops one from being articulate or not.

However when I tried negation on this on, was really confused.
People who are able to express themselves creatively in new situations have LOTS of incentive to acquire large vocabularies.
this seems to falter the conclusion, doesnt it?

I chose A because it matches with the assumption drawn (y does not cause x). negation of this also kills the conclusion.

may be in the stressed out situation of test, I might end up marking a wrong answer in haste.

I wish someone can show a better approach for this one. How to be perfectly sure of A over other choices.
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