Which one of the following statements most accurately characterizes a difference between the two passages?

Colleen on April 7, 2020

True v. False

Hi, I am confused about the difference between not necessarily true and could be true. They sound like they mean the same thing to me?

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Ben on April 10, 2020

Hi Colleen, thanks for the question!

This is a good topic to cover. Important implications for the answer choice you will be looking for.

Not necessarily true is simply asking for an answer choice that doesn't have to be true. Meaning it could be false.

Could be true means exactly what it asks. Could it be true?

So, while they are very similar.. not necessarily true differs in that it points to the idea of could be false.

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