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# If Country X does not intervene militarily in Country Y,

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If Country X does not intervene militarily in Country Y, then the whole region will definitely fall under enemy influence.
It most logically follows from the statement above that, if Country X does intervene militarily in Country Y, then the whole region
(A) Will definitely fall under enemy influence
(B) Will probably fall under enemy influence
(C) Will probably not fall under enemy influence
(D) Will definitely not fall under enemy influence
(E) May or may not fall under enemy influence

Can someone tell me why C is not the answer...along with the answer
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02 Jun 2006, 21:42
its clear E.

if x is stronger than the enemy, the region will not fall under enemy influence and vice versa. we donot know about the strength of the country x, thefore even if x interven, the region may or may not fall under enemy influence.

"will" is predection, which we cannot do.
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02 Jun 2006, 22:35
Professor wrote:
its clear E.

if x is stronger than the enemy, the region will not fall under enemy influence and vice versa. we donot know about the strength of the country x, thefore even if x interven, the region may or may not fall under enemy influence.

"will" is predection, which we cannot do.

AgrEE.
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03 Jun 2006, 11:23
I'll go with E

C uses probably not fall, so is biased

E - may or may not, is not biased
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03 Jun 2006, 12:49
after my studying CR conclusions yesterday I would go for D

since the argument is using the strong language "definitely" then the answer should be using the same... and to me that is what D is doing

but I can see that we don't know about the strength of country X as Professor is saying, so we can't conclude that it would be the opposite... yet to me isn't this overthinking? Also "will" is stated in the argument, so how come it can't be concluded?

I learned yesterday that the answer choice should be as obvious as it can be, so E kind of needs more info to be more believable... but I guess I could be wrong... hate CR, but will have to learn to love it
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03 Jun 2006, 13:28
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This is the reasoning I have used:

A - Country X does not intervene militarily in Country Y
B - The whole region will definitely fall under enemy influence

If A, then B

So, if Not B, then Not A - this is correct

However, If not A, then not B - this is incorrect, as it should be:
If not A, then it may be either B or not B

So, if Country X does intervene militarily in Country Y = not A
May or may not fall under enemy influence = either B or not B

Hence E
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03 Jun 2006, 13:49
thanks gmatmba,

have to memorize this one...

so NOT A is translating into "Country X DOES NOT intervene militarily in Country Y" or "..... X DOES...."? Seems like the latter, but just want to make sure...
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03 Jun 2006, 13:54
A - Country X does not intervene
So, Not A - Country X does intervene
03 Jun 2006, 13:54
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