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Four neighboring countries produce a third of the world’s harvest of sugarcane. During the last decade, Vernia’s sugarcane output was greater than that of Brownland. However, because Sylvania had a greater output of sugarcane than Borodia’s, Vernia must have produced more sugarcane than Borodia.

If taken into consideration, any of the following makes the argument above logically correct EXCEPT:

A. Brownland’s sugarcane output was greater than Borodia’s.

B Vernia and Sylvania produced the same amount of sugarcane.

C. Vernia’s sugarcane output was less than that of Sylvania.

D Brownland and Sylvania produced the same amount of sugarcane.

E Sylvania produced less sugarcane than Brownland.

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11 Jan 2018, 09:32
Can someone Please explain this
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11 Jan 2018, 12:06
ehsan090 wrote:
Can someone Please explain this

Imagine that this question is like a word math problem.
Stated in the other way, given A > B, C > D, and the conclusion is A > D. Which is not assumption, or a hidden condition that can make the conclusion true.
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11 Jan 2018, 16:17
Hello,

The information that Vernia's output was less than Sylvania's gives us no new information on how it compares to Bordia's output. It could be less or more and statement C could still stand.

As chesstitans said, think of it like a word math problem. For example, Sylvania's output was 100 which is more than Borodia's output of 50. That Vernia's output is less than Sylvania's output tells us it could be 75, which is more than Borodia's, or 25, which is less. So this doesn't make the argument correct.

If you assumed any of the other answers, the argument that Vernia's output is greater than Borodia's would HAVE to be correct.

hope this helps

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