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# The proliferation of colloquialisms is degrading the English

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The proliferation of colloquialisms is degrading the English language. A phrase such as she was like "No Way!" You know? - a meaningless collection of English words just a few decades ago - is commonly understood by most today to mean she was doubtful. no language can admit imprecise word usage on a large scale without a corresponding decrease in quality.

Question I : The argument relies on which of the following Assumptions?

(A) Colloquialisms always evolve out of meaningless collection of words.

(B) The Colloquialisms appearing in the English language introduce imprecision into the language on what would be considered a large scale

(C) The Russian, French, and German languages cannot admit imprecise word usage on a large scale without an inevitable decrease in the quality of those languages

(D) The English language would not be degraded if there did not exist an alternative informal way to express the sentiment "she was doubtful"

(E) The widespread use of Colloquialisms represent the most serious form of language degradation.

Question II: Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) Linguists have shown that the use of imprecise language on a small scale does not generally impair understanding

(B) many Colloquialisms that appeared in earlier forms of the English language disappeared over time as the people who used those particular phrasings were assimilated into larger groups with different language patterns

(C) Dissemination of a new word or phrase by the mass media is an important factor in whether or not the new word or phrase will become a Colloquialism.

(D) Colloquialisms are more likely to be coined by the youth in a culture then by any other segment of the population.

(E) Languages of the highest quality often evolve over time out of a collection of Colloquial usage woven into the formal dialect of a given people.

OA , after some discussion.
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27 Nov 2012, 11:18
There are 2 questions for this argument

For the 1st : Find The Assumption

For me the correct choice would be the option (B) as negating this weakens the conclusion

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27 Nov 2012, 20:00
language admit large scale imprecise word <=> decrease quality
C: increase colloquialism <=> decrease quality
So, we have to find the answer which has some thing relates to "large scale of imprecise words" and "colloquialism".

(A) Colloquialisms always evolve out of meaningless collection of words.
Not relevant.
(B) The Colloquialisms appearing in the English language introduce imprecision into the language on what would be considered a large scale
Here it is.
(C) The Russian, French, and German languages cannot admit imprecise word usage on a large scale without an inevitable decrease in the quality of those languages
Not relevant
(D) The English language would not be degraded if there did not exist an alternative informal way to express the sentiment "she was doubtful"
Not relevant
(E) The widespread use of Colloquialisms represent the most serious form of language degradation.
So what?

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27 Nov 2012, 20:06
(A) Linguists have shown that the use of imprecise language on a small scale does not generally impair understanding
Not relevant.
(B) many Colloquialisms that appeared in earlier forms of the English language disappeared over time as the people who used those particular phrasings were assimilated into larger groups with different language patterns
Neutral.
(C) Dissemination of a new word or phrase by the mass media is an important factor in whether or not the new word or phrase will become a Colloquialism.
Neutral
(D) Colloquialisms are more likely to be coined by the youth in a culture then by any other segment of the population.
Not relevant.
(E) Languages of the highest quality often evolve over time out of a collection of Colloquial usage woven into the formal dialect of a given people.
Here it is. This answer means that colloquial usage improves the quality of the language instead of degrading.

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27 Nov 2012, 20:47
Ya I agree with above
1 -- B
2 -- E

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07 Oct 2013, 01:18
isn't the first question all about cause and effect. the stimulus says Colloquialism cause degradation the correct assumption would be Degradation is not caused by colloquial usage neither does it talk of a third cause. B says nothing like that. I think the answer is D.

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07 Oct 2013, 03:51
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1)b Why B?

The argument says

a meaningless collection of English words just a few decades ago - is commonly understood by most today to mean she was doubtful. no language can admit imprecise word usage on a large scale without a corresponding decrease in quality.

B says The Colloquialisms appearing in the English language introduce imprecision into the language on what would be considered a large scale. Only when the usage is widespread can it degrade the language, not otherwise.

2)e I think this one is pretty clear.
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