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 Adam Tyson
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Strong language may sometimes be okay when a principle is involved, hasan, especially if the principle is one that is meant to strengthen, justify, or weaken the argument in the stimulus. Strong language is suspect when we are in a Must Be True paradigm, looking for a principle that follows from the stimulus. Other than that, your analysis looks good! Nice job correcting your error regarding B.
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Why is this question an MBT-PR? Shouldn't it be a strenghth-PR? I thought MBT is if the answer choices conform to the principle stated in the stimulus. This question requires the stimulus to conform to one of the principles in the answer choice.

This is why I chose B. I thought that B strengthens the argument because if the tariffs on the cheaper and better imported fruit was imposed in order to save the domestic fruit growers, the government is clearly putting the interest of the producer over the consumer (since it is in the interest of the consumer to buy the cheaper and better fruit), and B is saying that should always happen. What am I doing wrong???
 Jeremy Press
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Hi rishrish,

There's definitely somewhat trickier wording in this question stem, but I agree with the PowerScore consensus here that this is a Must Be True-Principle question stem.

One thing a Strengthen-Principle question stem will always have (that this stem is lacking) is some indication that the principle is to be taken as valid or true. That's a characteristic of all Family 2 (and Family 3, for that matter) questions. A Strengthen-Principle question stem will also contain language indicating the answer is to be used to provide some additional assistance or support for the argument in the stimulus.

When we see the language of a Principle question stem asking us to judge the level of conformity (i.e. the "match") between the conclusion in the stimulus and the principles expressed in the answer choices, we're being asked to perform a classic "Must Be True" task. The only way to judge the conformity is to stick closely to the reasoning in the stimulus. In other words, the correct principle shouldn't stray beyond the boundaries that the stimulus reasoning implies. Here, the stimulus reasoning addresses only one specific economic/social scenario, so we can't be sure there is "conformity" (using just that one scenario) with a principle expressed in the strong terms of answer choice B (using the "always" language that others in this thread have noted).

I hope this helps!

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I agree with previous posts about the rationales in this question, but I wanted to approach this type of "principle conform" questions from a different angle.

On the face of it, the argument provides two premises: (1) not imposing tariff on imported fruit will put domestic fruit growers out of business; and (2) despite more lucrative industrial uses of farmland resulting from domestic fruit growers going out of business, a unique way of life (growing fruit) will vanish. Based upon premise (1), both (A) and (D) seem attractive, as they kinda talks about similar idea of putting domestic interest first.

However, the two premises are not parallel to each other. The fact that they are connected by "This will result in ...," with "this" referring to premise (1), indicates that the relationship between them is actually progressive. In other words, premise (2) is built upon premise (1), which essentially makes premise (2) an intermediate conclusion. So premise (1) is not directly supporting the conclusion.

When the question stem asks about "the politician's recommendation," which is the final conclusion, the only relevant reasoning is that between the intermediate conclusion and the final conclusion, which is about the "vanishing of a unique way of life" piece. In this sense, premise (1) should be discounted in this question. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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