If the flowers Drew received today had been sent by someone who knows Drew well, that person would have known that Dr...

on September 10 at 11:10AM

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Could someone please explain the answer?

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Shunhe on September 13 at 11:33AM

Hi @yckim2180,

Thanks for the question! So let’s take a look at this argument. So if the flowers Drew got were from someone who knew him well, that person would’ve known Drew likes violets more than roses. But Drew got roses. But if the flowers were from some acquaintance/stranger, then that person would’ve sent a signed card. But there was no card. So the florist made the mistake, since Drew should’ve either gotten violets or a card.

Now we’re asked to weaken this argument. What’s the conclusion here? That the florist must’ve made some mistake. So we’re looking for something that makes it more likely that the florist was correct; in other words, something that shows that either someone Drew knew well just got him roses, or someone who didn’t know Drew didn’t send the card or the card got lost or something.

Take a look at (B), which tells us that some people send flowers for a reason other than the desire to please. This would weaken the argument. Maybe someone knew Drew well, and thus knew that Drew liked violets more than roses, but they were trying to annoy Drew or something by sending him roses. So the person wasn’t trying to please Drew anyway, so they just sent roses. Or maybe it was an inside joke. If (B) is true, it’s possible a person who knew Drew sent him roses anyway, and that suggests the florist didn’t make a mistake and weakens the argument, and that’s why it’s the correct answer.

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