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In speech, when words or sentences are ambiguous, gesture and tone of voice are used to indicate the intended meaning. Writers, of course, cannot use gesture or tone of voice and must rely instead on style; the reader detects the writer’s intention from the arrangement of words and sentences.
Which one of the following statements is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) The primary function of style in writing is to augment the literal meanings of the words and sentences used.
(B) The intended meaning of a piece of writing is indicated in part by the writer’s arrangement of words and sentences.
(C) It is easier for a listener to detect the tone of a speaker than for a reader to detect the style of the writer.
(D) A writer’s intention will always be interpreted differently by different readers.
(E) The writer’s arrangement of words and sentences completely determines the aesthetic value of his or her writing.
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Originally posted by SudiptoGmat on 19 Feb 2010, 05:07.
Last edited by abhimahna on 15 Oct 2017, 10:44, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 19 Feb 2010, 06:42
SudiptoGmat wrote:
In speech, when words or sentences are ambiguous, gesture and tone of voice are used to indicate the intended meaning. Writers, of course, cannot use gesture or tone of voice and must rely instead on style; the reader detects the writer’s intention from the arrangement of words and sentences.
Which one of the following statements is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) The primary function of style in writing is to augment the literal meanings of the words and sentences used.
(B) The intended meaning of a piece of writing is indicated in part by the writer’s arrangement of words and sentences.
(C) It is easier for a listener to detect the tone of a speaker than for a reader to detect the style of the writer.
(D) A writer’s intention will always be interpreted differently by different readers.
(E) The writer’s arrangement of words and sentences completely determines the aesthetic value of his or her writing.

I am struggling with A and B.


C, E - Out of scope
A & D - have strong words; "primary function", "always". Though, I'm not clear on this. So, picked B
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New post 19 Feb 2010, 09:16
IMO B

(A) The primary function of style in writing is to augment the literal meanings of the words and sentences used. Primary function could be expressing ideas clearly...
(B) The intended meaning of a piece of writing is indicated in part by the writer’s arrangement of words and sentences.
(C) It is easier for a listener to detect the tone of a speaker than for a reader to detect the style of the writer. The argument never says that..
(D) A writer’s intention will always be interpreted differently by different readers. Out of scope(E) The writer’s arrangement of words and sentences completely determines the aesthetic value of his or her writing. Out of scope
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New post 19 Feb 2010, 12:13
In speech, gestures and tone augment the literal meaning of words and sentences, in writing, it is the style. So A and B are both supported, but I'd rather go with B, since A sounds too strong!!!!
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New post 19 Feb 2010, 12:44
Yes guys B is the OA. A is too strong.
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New post 26 Feb 2010, 20:56
SudiptoGmat wrote:
I am struggling with A and B.


A talks about literal meaning while B talks about intended meaning -- which is what the passage is about. So, you can rule out A based on that!
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I was struggling between B and D.
Realised D is out of scope.
Answer is B.
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Contenders - A & B. Eliminated A because of strong wordings
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I agree that given the choices, only B appears the most fit. I have one concern with B though. It says that the reader understands the meaning of the writer in part by the style. Are there other elements that a reader uses to grasp the meaning? Or is the style sufficient to let the reader understand the meaning only partially and not completely? The stimulus never mentions that the style has a partial role in the understanding nor does it say that style has complete role.
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New post 17 May 2012, 21:34
Why B is the Best answer ? because, it doesn't have any extreme word.

Rest options have hard words :

(A) The primary function of style in writing is to augment the literal meanings of the words and sentences used.
(B) The intended meaning of a piece of writing is indicated in part by the writer’s arrangement of words and sentences.
(C) It is easier for a listener to detect the tone of a speaker than for a reader to detect the style of the writer.
(D) A writer’s intention will always be interpreted differently by different readers.
(E) The writer’s arrangement of words and sentences completely determines the aesthetic value of his or her writing.
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New post 17 May 2012, 23:13
In order to support an argument, the supporting leg must reference the same topics.

In the argument, the relationship between two topics X and Y are ("intention" and "arrangement of words") - and we know the argument links them.

The supporting statement must link them as well.

A) It's true that (A) is strong because of the word "primary" - but what if it were removed?

The topic becomes the "function of style in writing" - then we see that the function connects to "augmenting the literal meanings of words"

Does it connect "intention" and "arrangement of words" as the argument does? It's a stretch..in a way intention is similar to the "augmentation of literal meaning of words" but that connection is not 100% clear.

As a result, (A) is not the choice that "most strongly" supports - (B) more strongly supports since the topics and relationships are more directly similar.
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In speech, when words or sentences are ambiguous, gesture and tone of voice are used to indicate the intended meaning. Writers, of course, cannot use gesture or tone of voice and must rely instead on style; the reader detects the writer’s intention from the arrangement of words and sentences.
Which one of the following statements is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) The primary function of style in writing is to augment the literal meanings of the words and sentences used.
(B) The intended meaning of a piece of writing is indicated in part by the writer’s arrangement of words and sentences. -> correct
(C) It is easier for a listener to detect the tone of a speaker than for a reader to detect the style of the writer.
(D) A writer’s intention will always be interpreted differently by different readers.
(E) The writer’s arrangement of words and sentences completely determines the aesthetic value of his or her writing.
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