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Hi. Just a quick question. When you diagram a conditional relationship on the Logical Reasoning and Logic Game sections, do you recommend also drawing out its contrapositive or no?
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 Dave Killoran
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Hey D,

The short answer is: sometimes yes, sometimes no. I realize that's not too helpful, so let me expand that a bit :-D

First, the basic rule is to diagram anything only when you feel it will be helpful to you. I describe that thinking here: LSAT Conditional Reasoning: When To Diagram. That goes for all diagramming, not just CPs, and what it means is that what you diagram may change over time. LSAT beginners tend to diagram quite a lot, whereas more experienced LSAT takers diagram a bit less. Each person finds the level where the actions they take help them out.

With contrapositives, I tend to diagram them only when the original rule is not a simple one. So, an original statement such as A :arrow: B is clear enough to me that taking a CP and writing it down doesn't help; I already see the meaning of the CP inherently when I glance at the A :arrow: B representation. On the other hand, a rule such as "If any side has exactly one of its three lights on, then that light is its center light" (which is a rule from a real LSAT game) would have an interesting initial diagram and I would for sure stop and consider the CP, and diagram it. In other words, if I think there's going to be value from looking more deeply at it, then I will stop and consider it and probably draw it out. that not surprisingly happens more often with complicated rules than simple ones (but not always), so I don't take a hard rule on this, and let context help guide me.

Please let me know if that helps. Thanks!

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