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Recent research has indicated that married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier. This study has been widely reported by the media, with most commentators concluding that being married is good for one’s health and attitude.

The conclusion of the media commentators depends on which of the following assumptions?

A The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
B Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple ceremony.
C Married people cannot get depressed.
D Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
E Some marriages are more harmonious than others.

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13 Feb 2009, 04:15
ritula wrote:
Recent research has indicated that married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier. This study has been widely reported by the media, with most commentators concluding that being married is good for one’s health and attitude.

The conclusion of the media commentators depends on which of the following assumptions?

A The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
B Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple ceremony.
C Married people cannot get depressed.
D Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
E Some marriages are more harmonious than others.

I will go for D..
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13 Feb 2009, 04:57
I agree with the above given answer.

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13 Feb 2009, 06:42
IMO D.

If unhealthy persons do not get married, argument will be false that Marriage makes them happy..
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13 Feb 2009, 10:01
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13 Feb 2009, 10:24
ritula wrote:
Recent research has indicated that married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier. This study has been widely reported by the media, with most commentators concluding that being married is good for one’s health and attitude.

The conclusion of the media commentators depends on which of the following assumptions?

A The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
B Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple ceremony.
C Married people cannot get depressed.
D Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
E Some marriages are more harmonious than others.

Wow! Interestingly I got C and all of you got D.

Can you tell why C is wrong?

Conclusion is "that being married is good for one’s health and attitude." Not getting married. The reason for which I took D out.

Negate C. Married people can get depressed. If M can get D, D is not a sign of good health/attitude/happiness. Conclusion falls apart. needed.

Now negate D

Single people with depression or health problems are NOT just as likely to get married as are other single people.

So If S with D/HP cannot get married as easily as others, that does not mean that the "state (word being) of marriage is healthier/happier or the opposite"

What am I missing here?

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13 Feb 2009, 22:28
icandy,
I also went for C for the same reason u mentioned but OA is D.
Can those betting for D pls explain?

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13 Feb 2009, 22:48
ritula wrote:
Recent research has indicated that married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier. This study has been widely reported by the media, with most commentators concluding that being married is good for one’s health and attitude.

The conclusion of the media commentators depends on which of the following assumptions?

A The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
Length of marriage is not relevant.
B Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple ceremony.
Size of wedding is not relevant.
C Married people cannot get depressed.
Cannot is a bit extreme. The commentators believe marriage is healthy, but they never conclude (or assume) that married
people will never get depressed.
D Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
This essentially says that marriage is the cause of happiness (and not the other way around)
E Some marriages are more harmonious than others.

Nope

This boils down to a cause and effect relationship. Marriage causes one to be healthy and happy (not the other way around)

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Recent research has indicated that married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier. This study has been widely reported by the media, with most commentators concluding that being married is good for one’s health and attitude.

The conclusion of the media commentators depends on which of the following assumptions?

A The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
B Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple ceremony.
C Married people cannot get depressed.
D Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
E Some marriages are more harmonious than others.

My reasons for D:
The argument construction is , generally married people are happy and healthy ( though not very true ) so marriage is good for health.

The Marriage ( cause ) ---> happy and healthy life ( effect )

Assumptions generally in these case should be in line with:
[1] If the "cause" happens "effect" should happen.
[2] If the "cause" doesn't happen "effect" should not happen.

But what if the cause-effect relation is not established in the first place ?

If only healthy people get married , the cause -> effect is shattered.
Because unhealthy people are not married much , so in general it is not
true that marriage is making the person healthy.

So for the conclusion ( cause -> effect ) it has to be assumed in the first place
that both heathy and un-healthy people are getting married , to prove the effect
of having a good life for unhealthy people too.

Option D does point this assumption well.

For C ,
Married people cannot get depressed.

Is this really an assumption here. What this option is doing is to restate the premise
"married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier" is much
stronger way.
How do you think C helps premise to connect to the conclusion.
For assumption we need something to move forward towards the conclusion. By saying unhealthy
people also get married as likely as heathy people, we are in-fact proving when the cause happens
the effect happens ..... for every one. The marriage is making a person healthy.

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14 Feb 2009, 03:51
wow! perfect reasoning. I never thought it dat way
+1 frm me
gmatavenue wrote:
Recent research has indicated that married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier. This study has been widely reported by the media, with most commentators concluding that being married is good for one’s health and attitude.

The conclusion of the media commentators depends on which of the following assumptions?

A The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
B Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple ceremony.
C Married people cannot get depressed.
D Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
E Some marriages are more harmonious than others.

My reasons for D:
The argument construction is , generally married people are happy and healthy ( though not very true ) so marriage is good for health.

The Marriage ( cause ) ---> happy and healthy life ( effect )

Assumptions generally in these case should be in line with:
[1] If the "cause" happens "effect" should happen.
[2] If the "cause" doesn't happen "effect" should not happen.

But what if the cause-effect relation is not established in the first place ?

If only healthy people get married , the cause -> effect is shattered.
Because unhealthy people are not married much , so in general it is not
true that marriage is making the person healthy.

So for the conclusion ( cause -> effect ) it has to be assumed in the first place
that both heathy and un-healthy people are getting married , to prove the effect
of having a good life for unhealthy people too.

Option D does point this assumption well.

For C ,
Married people cannot get depressed.

Is this really an assumption here. What this option is doing is to restate the premise
"married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier" is much
stronger way.
How do you think C helps premise to connect to the conclusion.
For assumption we need something to move forward towards the conclusion. By saying unhealthy
people also get married as likely as heathy people, we are in-fact proving when the cause happens
the effect happens ..... for every one. The marriage is making a person healthy.

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14 Feb 2009, 08:12
gmatavenue,

great explanation ... +1 from me too ...

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15 Feb 2009, 06:14
Hell! I missed this

While I'm aware of the process to attack such questions, it's close to impossible to apply the rules/procedures for every problem. Any pointers on how should be the thought process while attempting a question?

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15 Feb 2009, 12:26
unplugged wrote:
Hell! I missed this

While I'm aware of the process to attack such questions, it's close to impossible to apply the rules/procedures for every problem. Any pointers on how should be the thought process while attempting a question?

Cheers,
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I agree and I still feel that C is also a required assumption if we apply the negation rule.

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16 Feb 2009, 00:48
ritula wrote:
Recent research has indicated that married people are not only happier than unmarried people, but also healthier. This study has been widely reported by the media, with most commentators concluding that being married is good for one’s health and attitude.

The conclusion of the media commentators depends on which of the following assumptions?
What is the rebuttable presumption of this question

A The longer people are married, the happier and healthier they become.
the stem does not talk about the corelation between the amount of time ppl are married and them being happier
B Married couples who had a large, extravagant wedding are happier than those who had a small, simple ceremony.
C Married people cannot get depressed.
it is too extreme a choice
D Single people with depression or health problems are just as likely to get married as are other single people.
this is the correct answer (by way of process of elimination)
E Some marriages are more harmonious than others.
the stem does not compare about some marriages being more harmonious then others, it just says that married ppl are healthier then those who are unamarried.

In case my answer / logic is not correct then please let me know where i made a mistake.

thanks

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17 Apr 2010, 22:52
icandy wrote:
unplugged wrote:
Hell! I missed this

While I'm aware of the process to attack such questions, it's close to impossible to apply the rules/procedures for every problem. Any pointers on how should be the thought process while attempting a question?

Cheers,
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I agree and I still feel that C is also a required assumption if we apply the negation rule.

If I go with the above reasoning (correct) then we can eliminate C by:
1. Case is too extreme.
2. At first, this statement may seem necessary but it is how Married people can get depressed and effect the assumption that they will be happier and healthier. There can be some other causes of depression and there can be some other way these depressed people can relax and become H & H.
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