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# Columnist: Almost anyone can be an expert, for there are no

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Columnist: Almost anyone can be an expert, for there are no official guidelines determining what an expert must know. Anybody who manages to convince some people of his or her qualifications in an area—whatever those may be—is an expert.

The columnist’s conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Almost anyone can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(B) Some experts convince everyone of their qualification in almost every area.
(C) Convincing certain people that one is qualified in an area requires that one actually be qualified in that area.
(D) Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(E) Some people manage to convince almost everyone of their qualifications in one or more areas.

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10 Mar 2009, 13:31
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Columnist: Almost anyone can be an expert, for there are no official guidelines determining what an expert must know. Anybody who manages to convince some people of his or her qualifications in an area—whatever those may be—is an expert.
The columnist’s conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Almost anyone can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(B) Some experts convince everyone of their qualification in almost every area.
(C) Convincing certain people that one is qualified in an area requires that one actually be qualified in that area.
(D) Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(E) Some people manage to convince almost everyone of their qualifications in one or more areas.

The challenge this Q poses is identifying the conclusion.

Clearly B,C,E are out for the out of scope issues/contradicting statements as colored

Now comes down to A & D. If you bite the bait on the definition of expert as Conclusion, you will end up choosing D.

The Conclusion is Almost any one can be an expert.

If you negate A, Almost anyone canNOT convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area. Conclusion falls apart and is needed.
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10 Mar 2009, 12:11
I think the answer is A?

b) everyone while the author said some people
c) one actually be qualified in that area but the author said no official guidelines determining what an exper must know.
d) qualifications in some area while it said in an area?
e) same reasoning as d.

nitya34 wrote:
Columnist: Almost anyone can be an expert, for there are no official guidelines determining what an expert must know. Anybody who manages to convince some people of his or her qualifications in an area—whatever those may be—is an expert.
The columnist’s conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Almost anyone can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(B) Some experts convince everyone of their qualification in almost every area.
(C) Convincing certain people that one is qualified in an area requires that one actually be qualified in that area.
(D) Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(E) Some people manage to convince almost everyone of their qualifications in one or more areas.
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10 Mar 2009, 14:48
I think answer should be D

because if i negate the option D

(D) Every expert has not convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area.

then according to the argument if the person has not convinced........ and is still an expert,then the conclusion doesn't hold.

whereas for option A if i negate it
(A) Almost anyone(Not everyone) can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area.

then conclusion still holds,means not everyone but whoever convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area is an expert.So A shouldn't be an assumption.
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10 Mar 2009, 18:13
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Agree with the rest - the choice falls between A and D:

The argument concludes that Almost anyone can be an expert as long as they can convince some people about their qualifications in an area.

Assumption A : Almost anyone can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area
Negate: Almost anyone can NOT convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area. If so ? Almost anyone is not an expert. Argument falls apart.

Assumption D: Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area
Negate: Every expert has not convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area. So - there can be someone who has convinced some people about his or her qualifications. Please note that the statement says 'Every expert' and not 'Almost everyone' or 'every one'. Argument still holds good.

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10 Mar 2009, 21:39
Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area, then only the author can say a person is expert

[color=#800000]anybody who manages to convince some people of his or her qualifications in an area[/color]

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10 Mar 2009, 21:55
nitya34 wrote:
Columnist: Almost anyone can be an expert, for there are no official guidelines determining what an expert must know. Anybody who manages to convince some people of his or her qualifications in an area—whatever those may be—is an expert.
The columnist’s conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Almost anyone can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(B) Some experts convince everyone of their qualification in almost every area.
(C) Convincing certain people that one is qualified in an area requires that one actually be qualified in that area.
(D) Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(E) Some people manage to convince almost everyone of their qualifications in one or more areas.

Prem1: no official guidelines .. whtat an expert must know
prem2: expert --> Anybody who manges to convince some poeple of his or her qualification in any area
assumption A : Almost anyone <can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area>.
Almost anyone <can be expert>.

Conclusion: Almost any one can be expert

D is merely restatement of the prem2:

Clearly it is A.
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21 Mar 2009, 01:58
Seems to be an LSATish question.
Although negating A would damage the conclusion, A seems to be an inference. Does it matter whether A is an inference or assumption?
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11 Feb 2010, 08:41
i guess the option D suits well..
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11 Feb 2010, 11:50
My choice Is A.
The columnist states that anyone can be expert..... To that to be true anyone can convice assumption has to be made so the ans is clearly A

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11 Feb 2010, 13:58
IMO A

because the question is on "Almost anyone" and we need a choice that talks about almost anyone and not some or all
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16 Feb 2011, 15:37
A since we can connect "almost anyone" with "anybody who can convince some people"

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16 Feb 2011, 22:05
anyone is the key. a=b b=c hence a=c
a = anyone
b = convince(guideline)
c = expert
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16 Feb 2011, 22:42
circular reasoning ,good explanation by gmat1220
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16 Feb 2011, 23:36
hi varun2410 circ reasoning is never used by gmat - just like "divide by zero" any choice alluding to this concept can be quickly eliminated.

Compare these two conclusion in the light of the above premise-
Almost anyone who "can" be an expert "is" an expert.
Because he "is" an expert, he "is" an expert - this is circular. First one is not. Hope this makes sense.
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17 Feb 2011, 03:05
nitya34 wrote:
Columnist: Almost anyone can be an expert, for there are no official guidelines determining what an expert must know. Anybody who manages to convince some people of his or her qualifications in an area—whatever those may be—is an expert.

The columnist’s conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Almost anyone can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(B) Some experts convince everyone of their qualification in almost every area.
(C) Convincing certain people that one is qualified in an area requires that one actually be qualified in that area.
(D) Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area.
(E) Some people manage to convince almost everyone of their qualifications in one or more areas.

Between A & D

(D) Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area: Not necessarily.It is nowhere mentioned that convincing people about one's qualification is the only way to become an expert. There may be other ways to become an expert too.

(A) Correct. According to the author, one way by which almost anyone can become an expert is by convincing others of his/ her abilities. Clearly, the author assumes that almost anyone can convince people of his or her qualifications in some area.
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01 Mar 2011, 06:54
'not everyone' is the logical opposite of 'almost anyone' ?

i too think A is the right answer
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01 Mar 2011, 20:24
icandy has stated it well.
The conclusion is "Almost anyone can be an expert....."
Hence A is required to hold this true.
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20 Feb 2012, 18:07
This was a very tricky question for me as I wasn't sure what it was exactly checking. Reading through the comments I would agree that A is the correct answer (originally chose D).
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20 Feb 2013, 15:04
A - sounds good to me

(A) Almost anyone can convince some people of his or her qualifications in some area. - WORKS
(B) Some experts convince everyone of their qualification in almost every area. - too broad
(C) Convincing certain people that one is qualified in an area requires that one actually be qualified in that area. - Not clear
(D) Every expert has convinced some people of his or her qualifications in some area. - question said nothing about how many people
(E) Some people manage to convince almost everyone of their qualifications in one or more areas. - this was result in more than one area
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