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#12 - People in the tourist industry know that excessive

ellenb
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Dear Powerscore,

I picked E for this answer, I know that it is D, I just want to make sure what makes E wrong and D right.

Thanks

Ellen
Luke Haqq
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Hi Ellen,

Answer choice he states "the argument establishes that a certain state of affairs is likely and then treats that is evidence that the state of affairs is inevitable." Perhaps the appeal of answer choice E is that a decrease in tourism is the likelihood to which it refers. However, there isn't anywhere in the stimulus where it makes a flaw of converting this likelihood into an inevitability.

Rather, answer choice D is the best answer because it stresses that those in the industry are acting unintentionally. The last three lines of the stimulus are it's conclusion; notes that they insert the word "knowingly," stating that the industry "would never knowingly damage the seaside environment." Answer choice D correctly points out that this may be true, but they may nevertheless unknowingly damaged the seaside environment.

Hope that helps!
ellenb
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So, basically the word knowingly makes us think of the other side that is omitted,

It would be like: John would never knowingly eat junk food

(however, he might just eat it while drunk), which will sort of make him not really pay attention and make it unknowingly. So, the stimulus basically just does one side of the story and omits the other. Kind of like dual dilema, only here they give us a part of it and the other side we must figure it out that it is missing. right?

Thanks

Ellen
Steve Stein
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Hey Ellen,

You got it--the word "knowingly" limits the claim, and opens up the possibility that the act could still take place unwittingly.

Like if someone were to say, "I would never hurt anyone...without a good reason," that last part refers to the chance that, given a good reason, maybe the speaker would be willing to hurt someone.

I hope that's helpful!

~Steve
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