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If something would have been justifiably regretted if it had occurred, then it is something that one should not have desired in the first place. It follows that many forgone pleasures should not have been desired in the first place.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

A. One should never regret one’s pleasures.
B. Forgone pleasures that were not desired would not have been justifiably regretted.
C. Everything that one desires and then regrets not having is a forgone pleasure.
D. Many forgone pleasures would have been justifiably regretted.
E. Nothing that one should not have desired in the first place fails to be a pleasure.

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If something would have been justifiably regretted if it had occurred, then it is something that one should not have desired in the first place. It follows that many forgone pleasures should not have been desired in the first place.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

A. One should never regret one’s pleasures.
B. Forgone pleasures that were not desired would not have been justifiably regretted.
C. Everything that one desires and then regrets not having is a forgone pleasure.
D. Many forgone pleasures would have been justifiably regretted.
E. Nothing that one should not have desired in the first place fails to be a pleasure.


Occurred: Regretted => shouldn't have desired in the first place.
Argument:
many forgone pleasures: should not have been desired in the first place

It's clear that there is a missing link here: regretted. D conveys this link well. Hence D is the answer.
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If something would have been justifiably regretted if it had occurred, then it is something that one should not have desired in the first place. It follows that many forgone pleasures should not have been desired in the first place.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

A. One should never regret one’s pleasures.
B. Forgone pleasures that were not desired would not have been justifiably regretted.
C. Everything that one desires and then regrets not having is a forgone pleasure.
D. Many forgone pleasures would have been justifiably regretted.
E. Nothing that one should not have desired in the first place fails to be a pleasure.


Let A = something that would have been justifiably regretted.
Let B = forgone pleasures.
Let C = should not have been desired in the first place.

Premise: A --> C.
If something would have been justifiably regretted if it had occurred, then it is something that one should not have desired in the first place.

Conclusion: B --> C.
Many forgone pleasures should not have been desired in the first place.

Missing link = B --> A:
If B --> A (assumption), and A --> C (premise), then B --> C (conclusion).

The correct answer will provide the missing link B --> A:
Forgone pleasures --> something that would have been justifiably regretted.

D. Many forgone pleasures would have been justifiably regretted. - Correct
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