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# Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby

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Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?

(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.
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03 Oct 2008, 17:32
D as per me
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04 Oct 2008, 00:44
C)
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04 Oct 2008, 03:06
TRYING NEGATION TECH. I BELEIVE IT IS B
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04 Oct 2008, 03:35
It should be E. Assumtion is that they want to make friends to overcome loneliness. If E is not there, argument fallls apart
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04 Oct 2008, 05:13
Is it B ? clue lies here -> "But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated"
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04 Oct 2008, 07:59
bigtreezl wrote:
Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?

(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.

they lose interest in that hobby, ..... So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness

they do NOT lose interest in that hobby, ..... So developing an all-consuming hobby is a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness

Assumption: they do lose interest in that hobby, and C says the same meaning!
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05 Oct 2008, 05:00
bigtreezl wrote:
Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?

(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby. -> this is irrelavant

(B) No successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness. -> negate this arguments falls apart

(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies. -> this is OOS

(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby. -> how does it matter even if some other strategy is better than this -> we need to justify this concl that all coming hobby is not a successful strategy

(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends. -> this is irrelevant even we negate this hardly bothers the argument

Clearly B

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10 Oct 2008, 13:09
I take C.

What is OA?
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10 Oct 2008, 13:53
the B's have it...OA is B
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