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Trevon on November 7, 2017

Necessary Questions

For necessary questions, would it be safe to say the correct answer choice will include an quantifier?

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Mehran on November 13, 2017

Hi there, thanks for your post. No, such a sweeping over-generalization is unwarranted. Some such questions will be correctly answered with a choice that includes a quantifier; others will not. It will depend on the specific question.

Samantha on April 27 at 10:13PM

I am still confused on example question 9 from the strengthen question video. Why it is not answer choice E, instead of D. When negating E, if no one converted, how does that not make the authors argument fall apart?

Victoria on April 28 at 07:39PM

Hi @Samantha-Alexis

There are two issues with answer choice E that makes D the stronger answer choice. Firstly, the opposite of "every recipient" would be "not every recipient." It is helpful to refer back to the lesson on quantifiers as you will need to memorize these for the LSAT.
The second issue is that answer choice E is talking about the environmental program advocated by the Earth Association as opposed to the broader environmentalist cause mentioned in the argument's conclusion.

In comparison, if answer choice D is negated, this means that some of those who received To Save the Earth were already committed to the environmentalist cause. The conclusion of this argument is that the Earth Association can claim credit for at least 2,000 conversions in the past month. However, if some of the recipients were already converted to the environmentalist cause, then the Earth Association cannot claim credit for at least 2,000 conversions. In this case, the maximum number of conversions they can claim is 1,999. Therefore, D is the stronger answer choices as, when negated, it negatively impacts the author's ability to logically draw their conclusion.

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any further questions.