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Rolanda: The house on Oak Avenue has a larger yard than any other

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Rolanda: The house on Oak Avenue has a larger yard than any other house we’ve looked at in Prairieview, so that’s the best one to rent.

Tom: No, it isn’t. Its yard isn’t really as big as it looks. Property lines in Prairieview actually start 20 feet from the street. So what looks like part of the yard is really city property.

Rolanda: But that’s true of all the other properties we’ve looked at too!

Rolanda’s response to Tom suggests that Tom commits which one of the following reasoning errors?

(A) He fails to take into account the possibility that there are advantages to having a small yard.

(B) He presumes, without providing justification, that property that belongs to the city is available for private use.

(C) He improperly applies a generalization to an instance that it was not intended to cover.

(D) He fails to apply a general rule to all relevant instances.

(E) He presumes, without providing justification, that whatever is true of a part of a thing is also true of the whole.
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Re: Rolanda: The house on Oak Avenue has a larger yard than any other  [#permalink]

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Rolanda: The house on Oak Avenue has a larger yard than any other house we’ve looked at in Prairieview, so that’s the best one to rent.

Tom: No, it isn’t. Its yard isn’t really as big as it looks. Property lines in Prairieview actually start 20 feet from the street. So what looks like part of the yard is really city property.

Rolanda: But that’s true of all the other properties we’ve looked at too!

Rolanda’s response to Tom suggests that Tom commits which one of the following reasoning errors?


(A) He fails to take into account the possibility that there are advantages to having a small yard. --> No, this has no where been discussed in the conversation

(B) He presumes, without providing justification, that property that belongs to the city is available for private use. --> No he doesnt presume anything, the guy was just stating a fact to refute Rolanda's perception of a yard

(C) He improperly applies a generalization to an instance that it was not intended to cover. --> The generalization very well was applicable to the situation.

(D) He fails to apply a general rule to all relevant instances. --> Lets keep it, sounds just right

(E) He presumes, without providing justification, that whatever is true of a part of a thing is also true of the whole. --> He actually failed in that, so lets eliminate this choice.

IMO It should be (D)
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