Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main point of the passage?

Kenji on April 12, 2020

concept of the word "assume"

I have trouble understanding what the term assume means in logical reasoning. For instance in example 3, is it used to describe that the senator is assuming something to be true? What would be an alternative word to replace it if I have hard time understanding the meaning? Thank you.

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Ben on April 12, 2020

Hi Kenken, thanks for the question.

Unfortunately, I cannot see the exact question you are referencing. However, I can definitely help you handle the word assume and its function on the LSAT.

The word assume on the LSAT is an unstated premise. It is a premise that the author/speaker of a passage believes to be true implicitly and does not state. Sometimes I might think of the word assume as "taking for granted".

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you'd like me to elaborate further, and if you'd like an explanation specific to the question your referenced.