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on December 2, 2019

Problem/Paragraph #4

In the sentence "Mesopotamian cities engaged in trade but never in marketplaces", is that simply a set of facts, or what is the function of that sentence? I thought the word "never" would mean some sort of conditional relationship.

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Ben on December 2, 2019

Hi Mresende, thanks for the question.

Yes, this problem is purely a set of facts. There is no argument presented and no point being made.

In this stimulus, they are telling us that Mesopotamian cities of the fourth century did not engage in market places. We could technically think of it as the following:

If Mesopotamian 4th century, then NOT marketplace.

More importantly, however, is that I notice you asking whether a stimulus is a fact set or not based on the existence of conditional reasoning. A fact set can absolutely include or be fully based on conditional reasoning, as long as no argument is made.

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions.