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Hi spikesjb!

I would agree that "new situations" is not totally equivalent to "new rules." But are they different enough to make any answer choice referring to "new situations" incorrect based on that term alone? I'm not so sure. It would depend on the other answer choices I had available. In some sense, I could argue that any new situation involves new rules. That's what makes new situations somewhat scary--we don't know the rules yet and we kind of have to figure them out. The biggest issue with answer choice (E) is the concept of proportionality. "Proportionality" has a much more specific meaning than "situations." I could maybe see the LSAT equating "new rules" with "new situations" because "situations" is kind of a vague concept and more contextually dependent. But there's nothing in the stimulus that could specifically equate with "proportionality". Therefore, that's ultimately a much stronger reason to eliminate the answer choice.

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Hey Kelsey,

Thank you for that, the issue with proportionality in that answer choice is definitely the conclusive reason why it's wrong, thank you for you response.

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