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I hate to throw it out there, but I think it is both.
If I say few people truly understand Einstein's theories.
Then what I am saying is that some people do understand, but frankly most people don't. Giving you two valid ideas from that statement.
In the OP's example, the double negative created by "few fail" would then set up both ideas that some don't, but most do. This is why it ultimately worked for you when you set up the problem.
Also, in the same vane would be rare(ly) and seldom. These indicate that there are instances of occurrences (some), but it would be fair to say that these instances happen less then 50% of the time (most not)
All that said, this is used when "few" is used as opposed to "a few" which simply seems to indicate "some"
« on: February 06, 2008, 02:57:50 PM »
I think one of the things not being discussed is in logical reasoning, it is often imperative to separate the premises from the conclusion of the argument. Thus the advantage of not linking is that you are more likely to see a jump.
Let's say the argument gives you A --> B. B --> C. Therefore, A --> D
and the question asks what is the assumption. The answer would be C --> D.
If you don't make a point to separate your evidence from your conclusion, this may be harder to see. This is why it will sometimes be better to list out the pieces separately on logical reasoning first and then connect them later.
I think this is also a good idea on games. List them separately, write their contrapostives, but then create a chain if possible. Having the chain created before you dive into the questions can be terribly helpful and really speed you up for a logic game.
« on: January 18, 2008, 02:54:14 PM »
For the bird game try this link
I'll have to get back to you on rubies/saphires becuase I have to get ready for work. Probably by the time I get back someone else will have explained it though. If not, I will get you a detailed explanation.
There is no problem with the question. The question asks where MUST S be performed. Since it can be 4th or 7th, then only A could be the correct answer.
C is wrong because S does not HAVE to go in third or fourth (if afterall it could go in 7th)
« on: January 11, 2008, 11:14:21 PM »
Do you find this technique to be usable in most grouping games? Pure grouping games are usually the hardest for me, but I have never used chains like this.
Actually it works really well for quite a few games. Anytime there are multiple conditional rules, I find it is a good idea to link them together like this. Some other good games to try this on are the doctors at two clinics and the photograph game from 2004.
right, but the answer choice is saying that at least 1 person therefore doesn't have that attribute. isn't it?
I agree with EarlCat that the "rarely" is where the idea of "some are not" is coming from. In fact, I believe that there are a few times where the LSAT has used some words or expressions that carry multiple pieces of information in terms of formal logic.
For example, a few words that could indicate that some do while simultanously indicating most don't
- "Few" (when used in the idea of, "few people truly understand economics" This would indicate that at least some do, but at the same time imply that most people don't. This is not to be confused with the idea of "a few"
- "Rarely" as we just saw means that it happens sometimes, but it also wouldn't be considered rare if it did happen most of the time.
- "seldom" should also mean the same as rarely. If something only happens seldomly, then it must happen once in a while, but does not happen most of the time.