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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote Please help in CR question tagged by: This topic has 1 expert reply and 13 member replies Please help in CR question People with serious financial problems are so worried about money that they cannot be happy. Their misery makes everyone close to them-family, friends, and colleagues-unhappy as well. Only if their financial problems are solved can they and those around them be happy. Which one of the following statements can be properly inferred from the passage? A. Only serious problems make people unhappy. B. People who solve their serious financial problems will be happy. C. People who do not have serious financial problems will be happy. D. If people are unhappy, they have serious financial problems. E. If people are happy, they do not have serious financial problems. OA: After some discussion. How to solve such type of questions ? Legendary Member Joined 04 Apr 2011 Posted: 1309 messages Followed by: 123 members Upvotes: 310 Test Date: 13th Oct Target GMAT Score: 750+ GMAT Score: 750 Is it B _________________ If my post helped you- let me know by pushing the thanks button Contact me about long distance tutoring! krazyjenius@gmail.com Cans!! Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 05 Nov 2010 Posted: 279 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 15 the answer will be B D and E are out bcuz it is reverse answers meaning, if A-->B we can not conclude B-->A between Band C, of course b is the one mentioned in the passage.. A is out bcuz it does not make sense according to the info stated this is "must be true" questions.. means that we have to accept all information in the stimulus and based on these info, choose the correct answer.. correct answer is praphrase of one of premises or combination of 2 premises... the most important thing is that we can not bring any extra info into the correct answer choice.. just the info mentioned in the Q... BTW this type of Q does not have conclusion.. it is just some facts... hope it helps Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 18 Oct 2010 Posted: 40 messages aspirant2011 wrote: People with serious financial problems are so worried about money that they cannot be happy. Their misery makes everyone close to them-family, friends, and colleagues-unhappy as well. Only if their financial problems are solved can they and those around them be happy. Which one of the following statements can be properly inferred from the passage? A. Only serious problems make people unhappy. B. People who solve their serious financial problems will be happy. C. People who do not have serious financial problems will be happy. D. If people are unhappy, they have serious financial problems. E. If people are happy, they do not have serious financial problems. OA: After some discussion. How to solve such type of questions ? A - generalised statement; also a stong statement C - we are only concerned with people who have serious financial problems D, E - reverse relations are given c, d, e - we cannot infer these statements based on the info given So ans is B Please let me know if this helps.. Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 27 Nov 2007 Posted: 33 messages Target GMAT Score: 750+ why not E? Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 15 Sep 2011 Posted: 197 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 6 dev.gavande wrote: why not E? Even I have that qsn. Why not E? A. Only serious problems make people unhappy. -- to generic, eliminated B. People who solve their serious financial problems will be happy. -- the passage says - people who have financial problems are happy after they solve them. Can we take this statement as implying the same thing?? C. People who do not have serious financial problems will be happy. -- This can't be implied in any way. D. If people are unhappy, they have serious financial problems. --- This can't be implied either. E. If people are happy, they do not have serious financial problems. --- IF people who have financial problems are unhappy, then can we not say that if someone is happy, he definitely does not have financial problems? Also, if we look at the language of B, it is definitive, "people will be happy" while in the passage the language is "people can be happy". Does that account to anything? I am confused b/w B and E. Can someone plz explain? Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 20 Sep 2011 Posted: 23 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 1 IMHO A. Only serious problems make people unhappy. -- Eliminated B. People who solve their serious financial problems will be happy. -- yes, this is implied. I would also check the question here. The question asks what can 'properly' inferred - properly this bit can be inferred from the passage. C. People who do not have serious financial problems will be happy. -- Eliminated. D. If people are unhappy, they have serious financial problems. --- Reverse co-relation given. E. If people are happy, they do not have serious financial problems. --- This is a reverse co-relation. Moreover, too generic a statement. Sample this, A (financial problems) leads to B (unhappiness). But will B occur always because of A? Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 08 Oct 2011 Posted: 22 messages Got to be E. contra positive Legendary Member Joined 28 Jan 2011 Posted: 1574 messages Followed by: 13 members Upvotes: 88 boltu_gmat wrote: Got to be E. contra positive Can you please explain in detail ?????? Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 22 Sep 2010 Posted: 55 messages Upvotes: 1 Test Date: 8 Oct Target GMAT Score: 700+ aspirant2011 wrote: People with serious financial problems are so worried about money that they cannot be happy. Their misery makes everyone close to them-family, friends, and colleagues-unhappy as well. Only if their financial problems are solved can they and those around them be happy. Which one of the following statements can be properly inferred from the passage? A. Only serious problems make people unhappy. B. People who solve their serious financial problems will be happy. C. People who do not have serious financial problems will be happy. D. If people are unhappy, they have serious financial problems. E. If people are happy, they do not have serious financial problems. OA: After some discussion. How to solve such type of questions ? (A) Out of scope. (B) Suppose there are 3 friends: A, B and C. A and B are having financial trouble and C is financially stable. but as per the passage C can't be happy as A and B are his friends and they are not happy because of their financial problems. now suppose A solves his financial problems. Will he be happy? the answer to this question depends on the financial condition of B. If only B also solves his financial problems, all three can be happy. This condition eliminates the answer choice (B). (C) We can't say that. there may be other reasons to make someone sad. (D) same as C. there can be other reasons. (E) As per the passage if people have financial problems they cannot be happy. so we can safely say that if people are happy, they surely do not have financial problems. Hope that helps! _________________ Regards Abhimanyu GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 12 Sep 2010 Posted: 905 messages Followed by: 122 members Upvotes: 378 GMAT Score: 760 aspirant2011 wrote: People with serious financial problems are so worried about money that they cannot be happy. Their misery makes everyone close to them-family, friends, and colleagues-unhappy as well. Only if their financial problems are solved can they and those around them be happy. Which one of the following statements can be properly inferred from the passage? A. Only serious problems make people unhappy. B. People who solve their serious financial problems will be happy. C. People who do not have serious financial problems will be happy. D. If people are unhappy, they have serious financial problems. E. If people are happy, they do not have serious financial problems. OA: After some discussion. How to solve such type of questions ? It's a theme that rarely comes up in the GMAT, but here goes: If A---> then B Does not mean that not A --->not B. For example: "if it's hot, we'll hit the beach. " does not mean that if it's not hot, we won't go to the beach. there might be other reasons for us to go to the beach, even though it's not hot - perhaps we like the cold, perhaps we like those winter sunsets, etc. The only thing we CAN infer here is a reverse of the negation: if Not B ---> not A. If we're not at the beach, id DOES mean that it's not hot - otherwise, if it were hot, we would be at the beach, right? In the question above: If we have financial problems (A), we are unhappy (B). we can infer that if we're happy (Not B), we do not have financial problems (not A). And the answer is E. B fails because of the use of the word "can" in the last sentence. if we solve financial problems, people CAN be happy - does not mean that they WILL be happy. Remember this "formula" - there's a small chance that you'll encounter such a if A--> then B formula, and then look for an answer choice that says "not B----> not A" as the right inference. _________________ Geva Senior Instructor Master GMAT 1-888-780-GMAT https://www.mastergmat.com Free 7-Day Test Prep with Economist GMAT Tutor - Receive free access to the top-rated GMAT prep course including a 1-on-1 strategy session, 2 full-length tests, and 5 ask-a-tutor messages. Get started now. Legendary Member Joined 19 Jun 2011 Posted: 608 messages Followed by: 8 members Upvotes: 37 Target GMAT Score: 700+ Damn I got this question correct Thanks to Geva for providing such a detailed explanation. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 15 Sep 2011 Posted: 197 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 6 I got this correct too! Legendary Member Joined 28 Jan 2011 Posted: 1574 messages Followed by: 13 members Upvotes: 88 Geva@MasterGMAT wrote: aspirant2011 wrote: People with serious financial problems are so worried about money that they cannot be happy. Their misery makes everyone close to them-family, friends, and colleagues-unhappy as well. Only if their financial problems are solved can they and those around them be happy. Which one of the following statements can be properly inferred from the passage? A. Only serious problems make people unhappy. B. People who solve their serious financial problems will be happy. C. People who do not have serious financial problems will be happy. D. If people are unhappy, they have serious financial problems. E. If people are happy, they do not have serious financial problems. OA: After some discussion. How to solve such type of questions ? It's a theme that rarely comes up in the GMAT, but here goes: If A---> then B Does not mean that not A --->not B. For example: "if it's hot, we'll hit the beach. " does not mean that if it's not hot, we won't go to the beach. there might be other reasons for us to go to the beach, even though it's not hot - perhaps we like the cold, perhaps we like those winter sunsets, etc. The only thing we CAN infer here is a reverse of the negation: if Not B ---> not A. If we're not at the beach, id DOES mean that it's not hot - otherwise, if it were hot, we would be at the beach, right? In the question above: If we have financial problems (A), we are unhappy (B). we can infer that if we're happy (Not B), we do not have financial problems (not A). And the answer is E. B fails because of the use of the word "can" in the last sentence. if we solve financial problems, people CAN be happy - does not mean that they WILL be happy. Remember this "formula" - there's a small chance that you'll encounter such a if A--> then B formula, and then look for an answer choice that says "not B----> not A" as the right inference. Hi Geva, Thanks a lot for your response . Does I take this as a rule that in such type of CR questions for example: If A then B we have to always find a answer choice which says if not A the not B? Legendary Member Joined 31 Jul 2009 Posted: 516 messages Followed by: 13 members Upvotes: 112 Target GMAT Score: 730 IMO E It's not a very good idea to memorize rules in CR, because test makers twist an argument just enough to confuse test takers. For inference based question , best strategy is POE. Eliminate anything not mentioned in the argument or fact set. Also be careful on "If" statements because they are conditional in nature, and they could still be within the scope of an argument or fact set. _________________ Smack is Back ... 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