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The pioneering works of early fantasy authors contain almost all of the plot elements used by modern fantasy authors. Since these modern fantasy authors are merely reusing story elements that have already been written, there is little or no value in their works.

The argument above most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions:

A. No work that is based on an earlier work could possibly contain any additional plot or storytelling elements of value.
B. Modern fantasy authors must have read the works of early fantasy authors.
C. Publishers are willing to promote works that deliberately recycle story elements from other stories.
D. Professional reviewers find little of value in the works of modern fantasy authors.
E. Modern fantasy authors typically sell many more books than did early fantasy authors.

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Conclusion: Because modern authors are re-using the story, there is no value in their work.

A. No work that is based on an earlier work could possibly contain any additional plot or storytelling elements of value.
Negation: Some work based on earlier work is of possibly of value. If that is so, then even if modern authors are re-using the story, there is STILL value of their work. Conclusion falls apart in this case. So the original choice is the correct choice.

B. Modern fantasy authors must have read the works of early fantasy authors.
Negation: Modern authors have NOT read the works of early authors.
That is to say they just copied it without reading and simply re-used it.
Or they just read the works of 1 author whose story they copied. Not the works of early author"s"
Or say they read the works of all authors, it STILL does not say how does it add value to their work!


Options C,D and E are irrelevant and do not bridge the gap.
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Can anyone help me with negation of option (A). Is it a double-negative sentence?
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Can anyone help me with negation of option (A). Is it a double-negative sentence?


No, it is not a double-negative - there is only one negative "no".

Negation of option A:
At least some work that is based on an earlier work could possibly contain any additional plot or storytelling elements of value.
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No, it is not a double-negative - there is only one negative "no".

Negation of option A:
At least some work that is based on an earlier work could possibly contain any additional plot or storytelling elements of value.


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The pioneering works of early fantasy authors contain almost all of the plot elements used by modern fantasy authors. Since these modern fantasy authors are merely reusing story elements that have already been written, there is little or no value in their works.

A. No work that is based on an earlier work could possibly contain any additional plot or storytelling elements of value.
--> Negation to "Some work".

Can an expert please explain why this 100% breaks the conclusion. The prompt tells us that they merely reusing story elements, not that the 100% copy the story. Moreover there can be either little value in the copied works or no value.

Negation of A tells us that some of the works could contain some plots or storytelling of value. But does this really 100% breaks the conclusion that states that the copied stories have little value. Even if the the copies contain some unique element of value, this element can be small and results in just a little value. Because the conclusion also gives the possibility of little value in copies, imo the conclusion is not completely broken. Maybe almost but there is still a slight possibility that the conclusion holds.

Maybe an Expert could be so kind and explain this to me. Without the small word "little" I would agree with A but since little value is stated, it is possible that "some work that is based on an earlier work could possibly contain some additional plot or storytelling elements of value".

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Just as I thought too.Completely agree with you
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The pioneering works of early fantasy authors contain almost all of the plot elements used by modern fantasy authors. Since these modern fantasy authors are merely reusing story elements that have already been written, there is little or no value in their works.

The argument above most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions:

A. No work that is based on an earlier work could possibly contain any additional plot or storytelling elements of value.
B. Modern fantasy authors must have read the works of early fantasy authors.
C. Publishers are willing to promote works that deliberately recycle story elements from other stories.
D. Professional reviewers find little of value in the works of modern fantasy authors.
E. Modern fantasy authors typically sell many more books than did early fantasy authors.

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Correct Answer: A

As with any strengthen question, begin by finding the conclusion and premises used by the author's argument. The conclusion is that the works of modern fantasy authors are of little value. The supporting evidence (premises) is that modern works possess almost all of the plot elements of earlier works and that modern authors are reusing story elements. The assumption that links these two ideas is that modern works might not have other elements which make them worthwhile. This matches answer choice A. Answer choices B and C allude to some elements of deliberate plagiarism which are not actually required by the argument. Answer choices D and E are out of scope since they reference new elements of reviewers and sales, which are not involved in the original argument.
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