Logical Reasoning - Statement and Argument - Discussion

Each question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.

Give answer:

  • (A) If only argument I is strong
  • (B) If only argument II is strong
  • (C) If either I or II is strong
  • (D) If neither I nor II is strong and
  • (E) If both I and II are strong.


Statement: Should there be a ban on product advertising?


  1. No. It is an age of advertising. Unless your advertisement is better than your other competitors, the product will not be sold.
  2. Yes. The money spent on advertising is very huge and it inflates the cost of the product.

[A]. Only argument I is strong
[B]. Only argument II is strong
[C]. Either I or II is strong
[D]. Neither I nor II is strong
[E]. Both I and II are strong

Answer: Option E


Clearly, it is the advertisement which makes the customer aware of the qualities of the product and leads him to buy it. So, argument I is valid. But at the same time, advertising nowadays has become a costly affair and the expenses on it add to the price of the product. So, argument II also holds strong.

Hansa Rawat said: (Aug 31, 2011)  
When we can use option [c] i.e. "either I or II is strong" in these kinds of questions?

Vibhore said: (Dec 17, 2014)  
Answer should be B as the first argument doesn't focus on the statement to B supported. But rather talks of one advertisement being better than the other as being a prerequisite to selling of products.

Than this an entirely different matter as this problem may be solved by banning advertisement. And thus ensuring that betterment of advertisement isn't a factor to be scared of while selling of products as all companies would be on the same scale! and second is correct as it is slightly mentioning a fact connected to user or simply affecting the drawback of advertisements!

Rahul said: (Feb 28, 2016)  
Unless word is used in first sentence so according to rule first doesn't follow.

Om Shakya said: (Apr 26, 2016)  
Answer should be (b) because argument talks about selling products instead of talking on the banning of advertisement.

Anandan said: (Jun 20, 2019)  
In this competitive age, a firm must advertise its product and services in order to aware people regarding its arrival or existence. Secondly, a customer will not know whether a product is good or bad unless he/she tries and for that, he/she needs information regarding the product which advertisement gives.

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