Insufficient rain can cause crops to falter and agricultural prices to rise. Records indicate that during a certain n...

Brittany on June 10 at 01:58PM

Why not E?

I got the correct answer, but I was stuck between D and E. Why would E be incorrect?

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Shunhe on June 14 at 08:32PM

Hi @bcross,

Thanks for the question! So let’s take a look at what (E) is telling us. When it says that the argument takes for granted that conditions necessary for an increase in agricultural prices are also sufficient for such increases, what it’s saying is that the argument does a mistaken reversal. If given X —> Y, the argument concludes X from Y, instead of the other way around. That’s not quite what happens here, since there’s not really conditional logic happening here. What’s going on here has more to do with causation than errors in conditional logic.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.