If Q is more popular than L, then each of the following must be true of the ranking EXCEPT:

Moses on January 3 at 03:22AM

Understanding the questions with "EXCEPT."

My question is in regards to how to interpret the question. If you removed the term, "EXCEPT" then I know the term, "Must be true," also implies that the correct answer cannot be false or that the wrong answers could be false. With the term, "EXCEPT," it essentially flips it so that the correct answer could be false while the wrong answers cannot be false. Answers (C) and (D) "not X" place threw me for a loop. Is there an easier way to work through this for a better comprehension of what the question is asking and what the answers are providing?

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Shunhe on January 7 at 03:57AM

Hi @Moses-Menchaca,

Thanks for the question! Your interpretation of must be true except is spot on. If it's not true that it must be true, then it could be false. Now, if the answer choice says not X, that means that we have to know if it has to be true that, for example, Q isn't second. We can usually tell that by seeing how many other choices are before or after that letter. For example, we know that H is not second has to be true. Why? Because all the other letters come after it, so it has to be first. Hope this helps!