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# The average normal infant born in the United States weights

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The average normal infant born in the United States weights between 12 and 14 pounds at the age of three months. Therefore, if a three-month-old child weights only 10 pounds, its weight gain has been below the United States average.

Which of the following a flaw in the reasoning above?

A. Weight is only one measure of normal infant development.
B. Some three-month-old children weigh as much as 17 pounds.
C. It is possible for a normal child to weigh 10 pounds at birth.
D. The phrase "below average" does not necessarily mean insufficient.
E. Average weight gain is not the same as average weight.

Is it really different "average weight gain" from "average weight"? What meaning is hidden??
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23 Jan 2007, 03:25
E looks correct.

Weight gain is different than Weight. Weight is expressed on a point of time. However, Weight gain is expressed over a period of time. For example, "three months before my weight was 60 Kg, however I gained 10 kg in last three months. "
Hence if child weight is 10 Kg, his weight is certainly less than US average. But we can not say anything about her weight gain.
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23 Jan 2007, 08:59
one more E.
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22 Sep 2012, 06:11
the passage is ambiguous
all it says is that

its weight gain has been below the United States average..
now a reader can infer this to be
its weight gain has been below the United States average weight gain
or
its weight gain has been below the United States average weight..

Isn't it?
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03 Jul 2016, 02:16
E it is
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