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Despite the fact that many professional writers consider travel writing a lesser form of journalism, it is in fact a legitimate journalistic enterprise, since it employs classical journalism techniques such as detailed research into the history of a given locale and extensive interviews with local residents.

The argument above depends on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) If a literary work is crafted via extensive interviews of noteworthy subjects it should be viewed as legitimate.
(B) Since travel writing follows the methods of traditional journalism, it will produce intriguing material for readers.
(C) Any writing that does not employ classical techniques is a lesser form of journalism.
(D) If a literary pursuit involves classical journalism techniques, then it should be considered a legitimate journalistic enterprise.
(E) The interview process used by travel writers can provide further information about the history of a region

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Hi Sasindran,

Let's break the argument into premises and conclusion:

Conclusion - Travel writing is a legitimate journalistic enterprise.
Premises - Travel writing employs classical journalism techniques such as detailed research into the history of a given locale and extensive interviews with local residents.

The task at hand is to find an assumption on which the argument (conclusion) relies, which means we need something that holds together the premises and the conclusion.

Let's go through the answer options:

A: If a literary work is crafted via extensive interviews of noteworthy subjects it should be viewed as legitimate - Noteworthy subjects aren't discussed in the given argument. Eliminate

B: Since travel writing follows the methods of traditional journalism, it will produce intriguing material for readers - We do not know whether travel writing will produce intriguing material for readers. Also, this is in no way relevant to the conclusion about travel writing being a legitimate journalistic enterprise. Eliminate

C: Any writing that does not employ classical techniques is a lesser form of journalism - Writings that do not employ classical techniques are out of scope. We cannot make such inferences on complementary sets (given info only on writings that employ classical techniques, we cannot comment on writings that do not employ those techniques). Eliminate

D: If a literary pursuit involves classical journalism techniques, then it should be considered a legitimate journalistic enterprise - This is the correct answer choice. This ties together the premises and the conclusion. The author has concluded that travel writing is a legitimate journalistic enterprise because it employs classical journalism techniques. This means the author assumes that if a writing employs classical techniques, then it is legitimate

E: The interview process used by travel writers can provide further information about the history of a region - We do not know whether the interview process used by travel writers can provide further info about the history of a region. Also, this is in no way relevant to the conclusion about travel writing being a legitimate journalistic enterprise. Eliminate
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I think I start to think about what I am looking for before actually doing it. This is new for me and interesting as I have tried so many tricks to do so.
Maybe GMAT is just a matter of time, habits, practice, and customs.
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Can you please advise on using negation for (C) and (D) ?
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