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# Can an inference question answer be wrong in real life?

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03 Aug 2019, 07:12
Say if a proposed answer to the inference question is:

"We can infer from the passage that elephants always wear pink dresses"

could it be the right answer although it is not realistic?
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03 Aug 2019, 07:33
EpilepticLearner wrote:
Say if a proposed answer to the inference question is:

"We can infer from the passage that elephants always wear pink dresses"

could it be the right answer although it is not realistic?

Ok let me tell this trick to you, First
A GMAT question will not tell you that elephants "always wear pink dressess"
What ever they say can be true in real life, rest assured
Coz to every opposition you put forth, the answer would either be What do you know or That is what we said
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03 Aug 2019, 14:15
Hi EpilepticLearner,

The content/ideas that appear in RC and CR prompts (and even in IR prompts) tends to be drawn from real-world examples, data and logic. You do NOT need to be an 'expert' in any of the subjects discussed in those prompts to answer the specific question(s) that the GMAT gives you to answer - the given information in the prompt (along with some basic critical reasoning skills) will almost certainly be enough to get you to the correct answer.

That having been said, a prompt might describe an individual/group who believes in an idea that is debatable (or potentially incorrect). Thus, an inference question that's based on what that individual/group believes could involve ideas that are not scientifically correct. Those types of situations would be rare on Test Day though, so you likely have nothing to worry about on that issue.

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07 Aug 2019, 09:29
Say if a proposed answer to the inference question is:

"We can infer from the passage that elephants always wear pink dresses"

could it be the right answer although it is not realistic?
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07 Aug 2019, 09:48
alexsanderngaongo wrote:
Say if a proposed answer to the inference question is:

"We can infer from the passage that elephants always wear pink dresses"

could it be the right answer although it is not realistic?

Yes it can. The inferences that we deduce from the GMAT questions are based on what is given in the argument and nothing else. So, you are just saying what can be inferred from the given passage.

Say for example we have a statement that says 1+1 = 3 and the question asks what can be inferred about the value 3 - we say 2 times 1 is 3 and nothing else. It can be wrong in real life, you can prove the statement wrong through logic infinite times but it doesn't matter. we just read the given statement/argument and we infer FROM it.
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07 Aug 2019, 20:09
alexsanderngaongo wrote:
Say if a proposed answer to the inference question is:

"We can infer from the passage that elephants always wear pink dresses"

could it be the right answer although it is not realistic?

Short answer is YES it can be.

The inference question test what must be true based on the information given in the argument. This has got no bearing with the real world. In fact in any Critical reasoning question, you should remember that you can not bring your worldly knowledge when you enter the land of CR. It is banned there.

Having said that, there may be real world logic you may need to use for strengthen/weaken or similar question types.

But yes, for an Inference question, An elephant may ride an ant as well, if the argument says so.
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09 Aug 2019, 10:07
WHen u solve cr questions. consider the argument as the only basis to answer
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09 Aug 2019, 23:53
It depends on the situation but its not alays wrong
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10 Aug 2019, 04:15
EpilepticLearner wrote:
Say if a proposed answer to the inference question is:

"We can infer from the passage that elephants always wear pink dresses"

could it be the right answer although it is not realistic?

Yes. It can be right even if not realistic

Like if author says a football match has normal time of 100 minutes instead of 90, for that passage we go with 100 minutes.

Having said that, it’s rare such a passage comes as most of the passages are from articles/Novels etc

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