# If Q is more popular than L, then each of the following must be true of the ranking EXCEPT:

Sydneh on January 18, 2016

Question on homework

In my homework, I worked out that it is possible for L to be 4th. Can you please explain why that is not true? I had: H J Q L S V P. thank you.

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Mehran on January 24, 2016

The question is asking which of the following MUST BE TRUE of the ranking EXCEPT. This means that the correct answer choice is not necessarily true while the incorrect answer choices must be true.

The fact that L could be fourth doesn't mean it MUST be fourth. As we demonstrate in the video, it is possible to have H J Q P L, which puts L fifth.

Must be true is an absolute statement. One counter example is all that is needed to disprove an absolute statement.

So the fact that L could be fifth proves that it is not necessarily true that L is fourth so (B) is the correct answer.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

amanat on June 22, 2016

I don't understand why the answer is that L cannot be fourth

Mehran on June 22, 2016

@asandhu as explained above, L can be fourth.

This question, however, is asking what MUST BE TRUE.

L does not have to be fourth in this scenario. L could be fifth.

Make sure to read the question stems very carefully.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Michael on July 21, 2016

So even though we know Q is more popular than L we still do not know the relationship between P and L. Therefore, L could be 4th but not always 4th. I got the question wrong. :( I fell into the same trap

Frank on January 3, 2018

I fell into the same trap, too... Been bothering me for the last 15 minutes or so... Haha

Chetan on July 7, 2018

hi

Chetan on July 7, 2018

where do i find answers for these questions

Mehran on July 8, 2018

Hi there - in our app, you will see the correct and incorrect answers when you attempt to answer the question. In our hardcopy materials, there is an answer key.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

on April 28 at 05:17AM