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#21 - All too many weaklings are also cowards, and few

freddythepup
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Hi, for this question I thought I had diagrammed it correctly. But I didn't get the right answer.

I had diagrammed:

Weaklings -->most Cowards
Cowards some NOT Fools
Conclusion: Weakling some Fool

Is this right?

How do you diagram "all too many"? I assumed this to mean "most". Thanks.
Brook Miscoski
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Freddy, there are some complicated wordings in that stimulus, and it prevented your conditions from being correctly expressed. Let's consider what each of the following phrases means:

"All too many"
"few...fail"

"All too many" is subjective. It means "more than I would like." We can't infer "most" from it, but rather "at least one," which is a "some" concept.

"few...fail" is fairly loose, but it means that "some are."

So,

Weakling :some: Coward
Cowards :some: Fool

flawed conclusion is Weakling :some: Fool

The flaw is that you can't chain "some" statements together. This flaw would still exist if you had interpreted one or more of the statements as a "most."

(A) chains absolute and non-absolute relationships. Wrong.
(B) is about something not being likely, rather than belief that at least one exists. Wrong.
(C) chains "some" statements. Winner. Alternatively, chains non-absolute relationships. Winner.
(D) contains reasoning about motives, not how groups share characteristics. Wrong.
(E) chains absolute and non-absolute relationships. Wrong.