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# The moisture content of wood is measured by the weight of water as a

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The moisture content of wood is measured by the weight of water as a percentage of the oven-dry weight of the wood fiber. The key to controlling decay is to control moisture. Once decay fungi are established, the minimum moisture content for decay to occur is easily propagated. Not surprisingly, if homeowners control moisture, they will prevent wood decay.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

(A) confuses the meaning of the key term “decay”
(B) makes a broad assertion from only a limited sample of information
(C) treats a common cause of a problem as though it were the only cause of that problem
(D) unfairly describes a problem to make it easier to attack
(E) confuses the cause of the problem with the effect of the problem

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17 Aug 2018, 22:37
I chose C by going through my gut instinct. Would love an Expert Reply or a proper explanation as to why C is stronger than E.
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mgcon wrote:
I chose C by going through my gut instinct. Would love an Expert Reply or a proper explanation as to why C is stronger than E.

Not an expert. But here is my understanding, the argument tells us that the key to controlling decay is moisture but it also mentions that if "Decay fungi" are established, the minimum moisture is easily propagated, which essentially means that if fungi were to infect the wood there is no way to control the moisture. Hence, we have two ways that wood decay can occur either moisture or Fungi.But the conclusion only mentions moisture control.If the wood in the house is infected with fungi then the minimum moisture required is very low for decay to occur. Hence, C.

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18 Aug 2018, 01:22
There is only one cause(moisture+fungi) and one effect(decay) here.The argument is telling if we remove water decay WILL not take place.Hence E is not the answer.There is clarity in the argument regarding what the cause and effect is..

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19 Aug 2018, 06:07
if possible kindly look into the question even though i was able to answer the questions correctly,it was more because of instinct than reasoning.
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