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#24 - Newscaster: In order for the public to participate

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Complete Question Explanation

Parallel Reasoning—SN. The correct answer choice is (E)

The first sentence can be diagrammed as:

    Pub Participate Meaningful Way :arrow: Issues in Terms Pub Understands

The newscaster then goes on to state that the necessary condition has been met, so it is possible the sufficient can be met. We need an answer choice with this same structure and conclusion.

Answer choice (A): This is a contrapositive, so it does not match the stimulus.

Answer choice (B): This is a repetition of the same idea, so it does not match the stimulus.

Answer choice (C): This answer choice states that the sufficient condition has been met (Hugo wants to be a good teacher), so it does not match the stimulus.

Answer choice (D): This answer concludes that Paul “must have” discovered the meaning of those works, so it is stronger than the possibility idea discussed in the stimulus.

Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. The necessary condition is met (having warm clothing), and the possibility of the sufficient is concluded.
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Mayor PCU
PMW might

I eliminated anything that didn't say might. Was that right to do?

Is this right for my diagram for answer E?

Jerome WC
SCC might
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Hi J,

Your diagrams are correct :-D

You have to be careful about focusing on the exact word "might" though, because the test makers can convey an idea without using the exact same word (and you may not have been focused on the word, and instead on the idea--I can't tell from what you've said above). It doesn't happen in this problem, but it is something to watch out for remember. Remember, what you are trying to match is the force of the conclusion. Absolute to absolute, possible to possible, etc. The English language gives them a lot of options, so as long as you focus on the general intent, you'll be fine.

Please let me know if that helps. Thanks!
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