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

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28 Jul 2010, 07:38
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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 does 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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28 Jul 2010, 09:21
Very subtle. Can you paste the screen shot here? I would have picked E in the real exam.

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28 Jul 2010, 13:02
i picked E too....

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28 Jul 2010, 15:52
I thought it was E.

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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 does 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?

there is nothing about giving unhealthy habits.
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28 Jul 2010, 19:10
I pick D

Argument

Young adults who marry live longer > those who never marry
==> CONCLU: Marriage does not cause Live Longer

What it trys to say is that because you are 18, you already have fewer unhealthy habits than say when you 25 (smoke and drink), so you already in good shape to live longer. It is not because of marriage that cause you to live longer. So what would STRENGTHEN this? The very fact that D say: that after you marry when you are 18, you do not pick up the bad habit later in life. So you are good at 18, you married and you are good forever.

D is correct

E - Talk about the Good guys (the 18 years old who don't have bad habit), then compare between themselves, this is useless information, so they are good already, then may be even if they don't marry, they still can be good. -> INCORRECT

D rules

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29 Jul 2010, 06:19

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.

Only talks about the married people and not talking or comparing with the unmarried once.
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29 Jul 2010, 15:19
I picked D as well.

E says that married people live just as long as non-married people. I didn't understand how that strengthens the argument, so I had ruled it out.

I would trust GMATPrep more than the other thread.

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29 Jul 2010, 19:50
KissGMAT wrote:

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.

Only talks about the married people and not talking or comparing with the unmarried once.

Why would I need to compare with the unmarried one?

In the premise, I prove that when you are young, you are healthy.
In the answer, I prove that after you are married when you are young, you don't pick up any bad habit.

=> You are healthy for the rest of your life.

I just strengthen my premise by ruling out the possibility that I might pick up bad habit after married.

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29 Jul 2010, 21:35
question is how do we know that 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 ???D assumes long way away. It is ambiguous.

E my pick
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29 Jul 2010, 23:33
tryingharder wrote:
question is how do we know that 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 ???D assumes long way away. It is ambiguous.

E my pick

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

D doesn't assume, D is the fact!

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30 Jul 2010, 00:18
gautrang wrote:
tryingharder wrote:
question is how do we know that 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 ???D assumes long way away. It is ambiguous.

E my pick

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

D doesn't assume, D is the fact!

how do you know that they do not resume the habit later in life ?is it explicitly in the argument
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30 Jul 2010, 00:20
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i picked E too....

u have picked the right one budy
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30 Jul 2010, 01:26
tryingharder wrote:

how do you know that they do not resume the habit later in life ?is it explicitly in the argument

It is Explicitly said in D, the answer, which we must take it as TRUE (the question stem: if true). How do I know? Because D said so, It is that simple, D said they do not resume the habit later in life.

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30 Jul 2010, 03:22
I went for D as well!

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30 Jul 2010, 03:43
Should we involve the gmat instructors Tommy or Sarai - bcos members of the jury are divided in their opinions LOL.

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30 Jul 2010, 03:51
I have asked Tommy for his expertise.

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30 Jul 2010, 07:10
The correct answer is E. This is an OG12 question. Q 119
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30 Jul 2010, 10:44
Hey All,

Just to make clear, answer choice D is incorrect because it doesn't help the conclusion at all. All it says it that married people who give up bad habits don't pick them up again. That strengthens the part of the argument that shows that marriage DOES have something to do with making you live longer, which actually WEAKENS our argument (that marriage doesn't actually have a positive effect on its own). We need to discuss/compare married to unmarried here.

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02 Aug 2010, 10:39
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The correct answer is E. This is an OG12 question. Q 119

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