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# It is true of both men and women that those who marry as

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It is true of both men and women that those who marry as young adults live longer than those who never marry. This dose not show that marriage causes people to live longer, since, as compared with other people of the same age, young adults who are about to get married have fewer of the unhealthy habits that can cause a person to have a shorter life, most notably smoking and immoderate drinking of alcohol.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

A. Marriage tends to cause people to engage less regularly in sports that involve risk of bodily harm.
B. A married person who has an unhealthy habit is more likely to give up that habit than a person with the same habit who is unmarried.
C. A person who smokes is much more likely than a nonsmoker to marry a person who smokes at the time of marriage, and the same is true for people who drink alcohol immoderately.
D. Among people who marry as young adults, most of those who give up an unhealthy habit after marriage do not resume the habit later in life.
E. Among people who as young adults neither drink alcohol immoderately nor smoke, those who never marry live as long as those who marry.
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29 Nov 2007, 05:23
I think it's E. Seems the most supportive one because it confirms to the fact that avoiding bad habbits, rather than marriage, makes young people live as long as the young married people, who are already known for having a long life. Option E it is!
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29 Nov 2007, 10:26
I was thinking about B. But to be honest I didn't quite understant this argument.
I really have to improve my English. Any ideas on how can I do this? I'm in the US only for 9 months.
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29 Nov 2007, 17:58
moni77 wrote:
I was thinking about B. But to be honest I didn't quite understant this argument.
I really have to improve my English. Any ideas on how can I do this? I'm in the US only for 9 months.

Premise:
People who marry as young adults live longer than those who never marry.

Premise:
There are other factors associated w/ getting married that cause people to live longer.

Premise:
young adults who are about to get married have fewer of the unhealthy habits vs young adults who are not about to get married.

Conclusion:
Marriage does not cause people to live longer.

We need to find another premise that bolsters the conclusion that it is not the institution of marriage that causes people to live longer, but rather something else.

E does just that. E says that among a subset of people who are healthy, the single ones live just as long as the married ones.
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29 Nov 2007, 22:54
Thank you so much for your explanation.
29 Nov 2007, 22:54
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