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Most children find it very difficult to explain exactly what the words

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Most children find it very difficult to explain exactly what the words they use mean when those words do not refer to things that can be seen or touched. Yet since children are able to use these words to convey the feelings and emotions they are obviously experiencing, understanding what a word means clearly does not depend on being able to explain it.

Which one of the following principles, if accepted, would provide the most justification for the conclusion?

(A) The fact that a task is very difficult for most people does not mean that no one can do it.

(B) Anyone who can provide an exact explanation of a word has a clear understanding of what that word means.

(C) Words that refer to emotions invariably have less narrowly circumscribed conventional meanings than do word that refer to physical objects.

(D) When someone appropriately uses a word to convey something that he or she is experiencing, that person understands what that word mean.

(E) Words can be explained satisfactorily only when they refer to things that can be seen or touched.

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(A) The fact that a task is very difficult for most people does not mean that no one can do it. - - Out of scope of the argument. We are not talking about how difficult a task is for someone, but about how the ability to explain something affects their understanding about the concerned thing.

(B) Anyone who can provide an exact explanation of a word has a clear understanding of what that word means. - This would weaken the argument.

(C) Words that refer to emotions invariably have less narrowly circumscribed conventional meanings than do word that refer to physical objects. - This choice talks about the attributes of different kinds of words but doesn't justify the conclusion that "Children who could convey their experiences using words whose meanings they couldn't explain could be considered to have understood those words"

(D) When someone appropriately uses a word to convey something that he or she is experiencing, that person understands what that word mean. - Correct. If we use this in the sentence, it would make the argument stronger and provide ample justification.

(E) Words can be explained satisfactorily only when they refer to things that can be seen or touched. - This has a narrow scope and very extreme language.

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