Trust, which cannot be sustained in the absence of mutual respect, is essential to any long–lasting relationship, per...

on July 14, 2018

How is C wrong?

I am still confused on how C is the wrong answer. Is it because it re-words exactly what was diagrammed?

4 Replies

Christopher on July 28 at 05:50PM

@Anna, the trick is in the "necessary and sufficient" relationship between the factors here. In other words, mutual respect and affinity are "necessary" for a relationship to be long lasting (without them the relationship will fail), but they are not "sufficient" to guarantee that a relationship will be long lasting (even if a relationship has mutual respect and affinity, it can fail due to other circumstances).

In practical terms, I had a roommate in college who was a close friend. We had an affinity for each other, and we had mutual respect for each other. We had a close personal relationship and even took a few trips to visit grad schools together. However, when we moved away after college, our friendship failed. We are not enemies, by any means, but we haven't talked more than a few times in the intervening decade, which would suggest that despite having the "necessary" ingredients for a successful interpersonal relationship, those ingredients were not sufficient to guarantee the success of that relationship in the long term.

This type of question will come up a lot, and the trick is often recognizing the difference between what is sufficient and what is necessary. Get that principle mastered, and you're well on your way to mastering the LSAT.

I hope that helps.

Bradley on May 16 at 05:44PM

But the paragraph says, if its to endure it must have MS & A. Choice C) Says if you have both, the relationship will last long. Isn't that evoking necessary to conclude sufficient?

Bradley on May 16 at 05:46PM

Ignore the below.

Ravi on May 17 at 08:41PM

@BradG, it sounds like you may have answered your own question. If you'd like any additional clarification, please let us know—we're here to help!