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# Since all swans that I have encountered have been white, it follows th

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Since all swans that I have encountered have been white, it follows that the swans I will see when I visit the Bronx Zoo will also be white.

Which of the following most closely parallels the reasoning of the preceding argument?

(A) Some birds are incapable of flight; therefore, swans are probably incapable of flight.

(B) Every ballet I have attended has failed to interest me; so a theatrical production which fails to interest me must be a ballet.

(C) Since all cases of severe depression I have encountered were susceptible to treatment by chlorpromazine, there must be something in the chlorpromazine
that adjusts the patient’s brain chemistry.

(D) Because every society has a word for justice, the concept of fair play must be inherent in the biological makeup of the human species.

(E) Since no medicine I have tried for my allergy has ever helped, this new product will probably not work either.

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15 Aug 2017, 12:48
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You never see GMAT questions like this - this is a question format from the LSAT.

The argument is based on generalizing from personal experience. "In my experience, X is true, therefore X is probably always true". The stem says "in my experience, swans are white, therefore at the zoo swans are probably white", and the only answer that follows a similar pattern is E, which says essentially "in my experience, allergy medicine doesn't work, so this new allergy product probably won't work".

Arguments in this pattern often aren't good arguments, but the question isn't asking whether the argument is good or bad, so that doesn't matter here.
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