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: Is buying things on instalments profitable to the customer?


  1. Yes. He has to pay less.
  2. No, paying instalments upsets the family budget.

[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 D


In buying things on instalments, a customer has to pay more as the interest is also included. So, argument I does not hold. Moreover, one who buys an item on instalments maintains his future budget accordingly as he is well acquainted with when and how much he has to pay, beforehand. So, argument II is also not valid.

Kasinath @Hyd said: (Sep 2, 2014)  
I: Installment itself means PAY LESS(than WHOLE Amount) for a period of time. STRONG.

II: Paying Installment may or may not hurt.It depends on the family budget. WEAK.

Nikk said: (Mar 3, 2019)  
I think both should be true.

Neil said: (Apr 22, 2020)  
If the family budget is disturbed, it leads to larger problems that span the entire family, the very fact that a customer chooses to pay in installments show that his/her financial situation is just stable, and paying in installments can affect necessary purchases and services.

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