# The passage states which one of the following?

Payton on August 13, 2017

Could be true vs Must be true

Hi, I seem to be having some difficulty with deciding between could be true answers and finding which of them must be true. Is there any tips or tricks you could give for eliminating could be true answers choices to narrow down to the must be true answer? Thanks, Payton

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Mehran on August 31, 2017

Hi @paytonklatt, thanks for your post.

What you want to internal is the logical opposite of "could be true," which is "cannot be true." Thus, on a "could be true" question, the four wrong answers "cannot be true"--that is, they are inconsistent with / contradicted by the text.

By contrast, the logical opposite of "must be true" is just "not necessarily true." This means that on a "must be true" question, the four wrong answer are "not necessarily true"--they may be consistent with or inconsistent with the text, but they are not directly supported by the text itself.

Does that help? Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Melissa on October 13, 2018

Why are we not diagramming using the S&N or quantifeir rules. Are there questions to which these rules apply and dont?

Bailey on November 1, 2020

I have a similar question to Melissa, since this seems to be a fairly new technique of diagramming out our passage. There has been a ton of sufficient and necessary terminology as well as quantifiers and I would like some clarification as to why we are starting to use greater than or less than symbols like a sequencing game?

Victoria on January 4, 2021

The issue I had with this question was knowing what only to diagram out of the passage. ?

on October 6, 2021

I have a similar question to Melissa too. There has been a ton of sufficient and necessary terminology as well as quantifiers but we are diagramming differently here why

Ravi on February 5 at 11:53AM

@Bailey-Zupan and @username, the greater than or less than symbols used in the diagrams, such as in a sequencing game, are ways of simply writing the order of variables. It's also perfectly fine to just write a line (something like "--") between variables, as long as you know how the left and right sides of the board relate to each other (higher vs. lower, first vs. last, etc.).