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Most children find it very difficult to explain exactly what the words they use mean when those words do not refer to things that can be seen or touched. Yet since children are able to use these words to convey the feelings and emotions they are obviously experiencing, understanding what a word means clearly does not depend on being able to explain it.

Which one of the following principles, if accepted, would provide the most justification for the conclusion?

(A) The fact that a task is very difficult for most people does not mean that no one can do it.

(B) Anyone who can provide an exact explanation of a word has a clear understanding of what that word means.

(C) Words that refer to emotions invariably have less narrowly circumscribed conventional meanings than do word that refer to physical objects.

(D) When someone appropriately uses a word to convey something that he or she is experiencing, that person understands what that word mean.

(E) Words can be explained satisfactorily only when they refer to things that can be seen or touched
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12 Apr 2004, 14:35
I think the auhor does agree that the children cannot explain things that they cannot see or touch using words. This is the only reason for me to refute D.
C is obviously next contender and is the best.
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12 Apr 2004, 14:58
Seems OA is not C.. something else..
so try again.
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12 Apr 2004, 22:14
I'd go with B
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13 Apr 2004, 09:18
hallelujah1234 wrote:
D it is

Only hallelujah got this right. OA is D.

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13 Apr 2004, 16:15
When you can derive the conclusion from a principle, such principle is justified.

However, I dont spend time doing CR on principles, warrants, and norms that are part of *normative ethics* and that are asked on LSAT, for it is not within the ambit of GMAT CR.
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Most children find it very difficult to explain exactly what the words they use mean when those words do not refer to things that can be seen or touched. Yet since children are able to use these words to convey the feelings and emotions they are obviously experiencing, understanding what a word means clearly does not depend on being able to explain it.

Which one of the following principles, if accepted, would provide the most justification for the conclusion?

(A) The fact that a task is very difficult for most people does not mean that no one can do it.

(B) Anyone who can provide an exact explanation of a word has a clear understanding of what that word means.

(C) Words that refer to emotions invariably have less narrowly circumscribed conventional meanings than do word that refer to physical objects.

(D) When someone appropriately uses a word to convey something that he or she is experiencing, that person understands what that word mean.

(E) Words can be explained satisfactorily only when they refer to things that can be seen or touched

bump.

IMO D
Took almost 3 mins

conclusion:
argument says children do use words for right things ...but if asked the same word==>they are unable to explain.
example:
let suppose child has a stomach ache
he says to his mom i have a stomach ache.(he is undersatnding the meaning of stomach ache and clearly refering to same)
but when mom asks him what is stomach ache ?...then child is unable to explain the same===>so author is concluding that child knows but if he is unable to explain.so understanding what a word means doesn't depends on ability to explain.

so authors conclusion is:
understanding what a word means clearly does not depend on being able to explain it.

(A) The fact that a task is very difficult for most people does not mean that no one can do it.==>this one misses the point

(B) Anyone who can provide an exact explanation of a word has a clear understanding of what that word means.===>this can be true...but this is not stated in argument.

(C) Words that refer to emotions invariably have less narrowly circumscribed conventional meanings than do word that refer to physical objects.===>not stated in argument

(D) When someone appropriately uses a word to convey something that he or she is experiencing, that person understands what that word mean.====>this one is correct==>means if you some word to convey something that you are experiencing===>you understand that word ...clearly this was stated in the authors example of children

(E) Words can be explained satisfactorily only when they refer to things that can be seen or touched====>again misses the point.

hope it helps.
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