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I'm having some trouble with detecting which modifier words are synonymous. For example, I have understood 'most' in the general sense to mean, in numbers, more than 50. So 51/100 or more = most.
In several powerscore LSAT questions, the term 'usually' appears to be synonymous in meaning and will yield a correct answer. Eg, if the stimulus contains "most instances -" then an answer choice that paraphrases the same statement in a must be true question can replace "most instances" with "usually" and potentially be correct (granted all other reasoning is correct)
However, I recently came across a question in the powerscore LR book which used the term "most" and the answer choice which i believed to be correct was deemed inaccurate because of the word "often" which was apparently not sufficiently interchangeable with "most".
I looked up the term 'often', and it indeed depicts instances generally occurring over 60% of the time. The same source sited 'usually' as instances generally occurring 80% or more of the time.
The 60% instance of often, however, falls within the 'most' region which, if based on 51/100 would amount to at least a 51% occurrence rate or more, which 'often' more than satisfies.
Can you explain why 'usually' is an acceptable inference from most, but 'often' is not?