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A has the problem "Most" the stimulus is "Often"
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
In this we need to look for a statement that best supports either of these:
• Dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery
• Dull Companion also diverts the readers from correct solution
• Dull companion usually uses the same clues used by brilliant detective to infer an inaccurate solution

Options:
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story. – Information already given in paragraph not a supporting statement
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story. - Information does not support any of the above points.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery. – could support point 1 but can not support all the cases as it says “some mystery stories” also does not talk about dull companion
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion. – This statement ofcourse supports point no 2 and does not contradict any other point
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution. - – this cannot be the solution as the statement itself says that the detective uses the same clues as used by brilliant detective. So clues used by brilliant detective cannot be misleading. Thus this contradicts point 3
Hence D
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The ans is definitely E

We are talking about the dull companion.
A is correct but by the POE we will give more preference to 'E' as that is the main topic of discussion.
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03 Sep 2014, 23:34
The ans is definitely E

We are talking about the dull companion.
A is correct but by the POE we will give more preference to 'E' as that is the main topic of discussion.
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution. Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.
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The thing is that "most" has a formal logical meaning: it means "more than 50%." Therefore, unless we can clarify that more than half of all the mystery stories in the world match the description in the stimulus, we can't choose (A).

For example, it would be acceptable to say that "NBA players are often over 7 feet in height." There certainly are a lot more 7+ feet people in the NBA than in the regular population! However, it would be inaccurate to say that "most NBA players are over 7 feet in height," since the majority of players aren't.

Similarly, if you see the word "most" in a stimulus, it gives you a lot of information. If I tell you that "Most race-car drivers have one-syllable names," you can deduce that "There are more race-car drivers with one-syllable names than there are with three-syllable names." It's a very powerful word!

Notice the word "some" in the correct answer choice. This is exactly the kind of word you're looking for in an Inference Question (much like the equally good word, "can"). The only formal logical definition of "some" is "more than zero," so as long as we have evidence that one such mystery story matches the description above (we do know this much from the stimulus), it's acceptable.

Takeaways:

1) The words "some" and "can" imply any number, one or more. That's all they imply, so they give very little information if they appear in the stimulus, and are very commonly found in right answers on Inference questions.

2) The word "most" implies greater than half, so if it appears in the stimulus, it tells you a lot, and if it appears in an answer choice, it needs specific evidence to support it.

3) The words "often" and "many" don't really have any formal definition -- don't ascribe to them anything beyond the meaning of "some."
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Thank you Souvik, It is truly a fantastic explanation. Yet, I am little perplexed with the colored word. Did you really mean "can" or you meant to say "may". If it is "can", would you explain why you think it is equally powerful word, like "some" ?

Notice the word "some" in the correct answer choice. This is exactly the kind of word you're looking for in an Inference Question (much like the equally good word, "can"). The only formal logical definition of "some" is "more than zero," so as long as we have evidence that one such mystery story matches the description above (we do know this much from the stimulus), it's acceptable.

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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion.
Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution.
Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(detective uses to deduce the correct solution but not mentioned whether he solves the mystery.)

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(Opposite. it is mentioned that readers often get diverted with dull's story but Nowhere it is mentioned that )

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(They offer same enough clues to everyone including detective, his assistant and reader.)

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(opposite it diverts and clarifies the mystery)

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.(opposite dull companion diverts us)

souvik101990 can you analyse my explanation for all options and tell me whether I got wrong anywhere?
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souvik101990 wrote:

2) The word "most" implies greater than half, so if it appears in the stimulus, it tells you a lot, and if it appears in an answer choice, it needs specific evidence to support it.

3) The words "often" and "many" don't really have any formal definition -- don't ascribe to them anything beyond the meaning of "some."

While your explanation seems very good, I'm not able to overcome my confusion in which I feel the meaning of the words most , often and many is almost same.
While at-least often and many mean a lot of things, you say they sound nothing beyond some.
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souvik101990 wrote:
Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution. Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution. Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story. Does not tell us anything about the readers perspective

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.Nowhere it is said the the readers will solve the mystery. The argument just mentions that the readers have a chance and the dull companion diverts them

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.Correct. As souvik mentioned, some is the right indicative in such kind of questions. It correctly indicates that the some mystery stories may give the readers clues to infer the correct solution. The readers may or may not be mislead but they still have chance

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.Actually weakens the argument

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.The split is between C and E. However it points out that the dull companion misleads the reader, it nowhere indicates that readers still have chance at solving the mystery from the clues in the story which is pointed out by C.
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

A is wrong because of "Most". it should be "frequently" or "oftenly".
B is wrong because of "Often". It should be here "sometimes".
C is correct as it is simply claiming that some mystery stories give enough clues to solve the mystery. It means that some gives, and some don't give, which is true.
D is wrong because of "Rarely", because we don't know whether it frequently divert, mostly divert, sometimes divert or rarely divert, we don't have information.
E is wrong because is it opposite to what is said in argument.
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noboru wrote:
Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

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I generally use elimination technique to answer critical reasoning questions. Firstly, I eliminate A and D and then I eliminate C---> As it is not supporting author's strategy of including dull companion for solving the mystery and diverting them.
then I eliminate E---> it is a close option---As it discuss dull companion in mystery story generally uncovering misleading clues, which is not mentioned in the passage.

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noboru wrote:
Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

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We are looking for the inference from the argument.
The argument says: The author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
The author implies that including the dull companion helps readers follow the clues as followed by the companion and diverts them from the actual clues and hence from the correct solution. The implication is that diversion is needed from the correct solution. This means that at least some stories do provide enough clues to arrive at the correct solution. So (C) is correct.

Let's look at why (B) and (E) do not make sense.

(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.

This is not implied by the argument. We are given that the dull companion diverts the reader from the correct solution. So it seems that the readers often arrive at the incorrect solution, as presented by the dull companion. The argument doesn't imply that the readers are able to spot the mistakes in the companion's reasoning. So this is not correct.

(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

We know that clues are given. But we are given that the companion wrongly infers them. We are not given that the clues are misleading.
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The correct answer choice is (C). The last sentence contains a conclusion,
and this conclusion is the primary evidence that supports answer choice (C).
Answer choice (A): The word “often” in the first sentence is the key to this
answer choice. “Often” means frequently, but frequently is not the same as
“most.” Had the stimulus said “more often than not,” that would mean “most”
and this answer choice would be correct. Answer choice (B): We cannot
determine if readers of mystery stories solve the mystery simply by spotting
the errors of the dull companion. Answer choice (C): This is the correct
answer. The second sentence indicates that “clues are presented in the
story...the detective uses to deduce the correct solution.” Combined with the
last sentence, which states “the author’s strategy...gives readers a chance to
solve the mystery,” this answer choice is proven by facts. Answer choice (D):
Look for the facts in the stimulus—do they support this answer? Although the
dull companion diverts readers from the correct solution, we do not know if
actions of the brilliant detective rarely divert readers from the actions of the
dull companion. Answer choice (E): This is a tricky answer choice if you do
not read closely. The stimulus states that the dull companion infers a wrong
solution from clues that the brilliant detective ultimately uses to solve the
mystery. Answer choice (E) states that the dull companion uncovers
misleading clues. This is incorrect; the interpretation of the clues is
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Can an expert please explain what should be the answer to this question and why ?
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Came down to A & C.
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.

Almost fell for A, as the stem starts with:
" Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion."
While mystery stories feature brilliant detectives, 'most' is a perilous word here IMO.

For C, "Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution." this part indicates that 'sometimes' there are enough clues for readers to correctly solve the mystery.

Edit:
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
stem says nothing about how readers may solve the mystery in a story.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
the question stem says that the dull companion acts as a distractor, but doesn't make any statement about the brilliant detective being a distractor, nor does the stem say anything about it not being a distractor
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.
"the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution.'... so the dull companion simply misinterpreted the clues to arrive at a wrong conclusion, not by uncovering misleading clues

Akshat798 I am by no means an expert, but this is how I did it - just tagging you since it's been few days since you posted. Hope it helps!
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IMO (C) can't be correct because it says "some mystery stories" while the passage says "Mystery stories often", which would mean 'most stories' not 'some stories'. I'll go with (B).
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IMO (C) can't be correct because it says "some mystery stories" while the passage says "Mystery stories often", which would mean 'most stories' not 'some stories'. I'll go with (B).

If something is true for many mystery stories, it is certainly true for "some". Also, "some" means "at least one".
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