Last year the county park system failed to generate enough revenue to cover its costs. Any business should be closed ...

Samantha on February 6 at 08:45PM

Why not B?

Hi! I am wondering why the answer choice would not be "B"? Thank you so much! :)

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Andrea on February 6 at 11:43PM

Hi @Samlhoover,

Let’s take a look at this stimulus. We can see the pattern of reasoning is that the sufficient condition is not actually met (though they are unprofitable, country parks are not a business), so that means that the necessary condition (closing) doesn’t necessarily follow.

In correct answer A, we see the above happening. Since the documentary series attracting a small audience is not prime-time, we don’t have enough reason to conclude it should be canceled.

In both of the above, the sufficient condition is met in part, but not in entirety. For the condition to be considered fulfilled, it needs to be met completely.

In B, something else is happening. Instead we’re being given a setup with a necessary condition (must meet air quality standards) and told the company should be given an exception to that condition because it makes bicycles along side cars.

This doesn’t include a sufficient condition that is only partially met, and doesn’t end by saying that therefore, the necessary condition doesn’t necessarily follow. What’s happening in B is a different pattern of reasoning.

Hope this helps!