Swimming pools should be fenced to protect children from drowning, but teaching children to swim is even more importa...

Virginia_61092 on August 22, 2015


Can you please explain the difference between B and C.

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Naz on September 12, 2015

Here we are stating that even though it is important to protect children from a dangerous situation, i.e. an unfenced swimming pool that bodes the potential risk of drowning, it is even more important to TEACH them how to swim, i.e. teach them how to protect themselves against drowning. This specific principle applies to childrearing generally. Thus, similarly, even though it is important to protect children from soft drinks and candies, which can be detrimental to the health of the child, it is more important to teach them how to protect themselves against the potential dangers of candy, i.e. how to make nutritional choices that are conducive to their health, i.e. answer choice (C).

Remember, the potentially dangerous thing is not the advertisements on the television, rather it is the candy. Thus, our conclusion should be about teaching the children how to protect themselves from the harms of candy as opposed to television advertisements. That is the difference between (B) and (C).

Hope that clears things up! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Ceci on October 30, 2018

why not d?

Jacob-R on October 31, 2018

Hi @Ceci

D is incorrect because in the prompt, the initial premise deals with the same danger. That is, the danger we are concerned about is swimming, but the principle is that we should teach children how to deal with that danger.

In answer D, the danger suddenly shifts: we start with soft drinks and candies, and then we shift to physical activity. While this still may be in the same broad category of health, the premise stuck with the same specific danger, and answer C does as well. That is why that answer most logically completes the passage.

I hope that helps! Please let us know if you have further questions.