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.

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Statement: Can pollution be controlled?

Arguments:

  1. Yes. If everyone realizes the hazards it may create and cooperates to get rid of it, pollution may be controlled.
  2. No. The crowded highways, factories and industries and an ever-growing population eager to acquire more and more land for constructing houses are beyond control.

[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 C

Explanation:

The control of pollution, on one hand, seems to be impossible because of the ever-growing needs and the disconcern of the people but, on the other hand, the control is possible by a joint effort. So, either of the arguments will hold strong.

Nitin said: (Mar 11, 2012)  
Answer Should be A. Development can not become the excuse for not controlling the Pollution. Even with high rate of growth Pollution can be contained with judicious use of available resources and exploring non-polluting sources of energy. So, Argument 2 can not be true.

Vikash said: (Mar 11, 2014)  
Can someone let me know why option E can't be the answer, because here both arguments has strong hold over the given statement.

Diya said: (Apr 12, 2014)  
Why option E can not be the answer ?

Charu said: (Jul 8, 2014)  
Can someone please explain how to choose between C and E options ?

Trishul said: (Jul 10, 2015)  
I may be wrong but what I understand is option C is when both the arguments contradict each other. If 1 is possible 2 is not and vice versa. There is no middle path.

Option D is when both the arguments are strong, valid but doesn't contradict each other. A middle solution can be worked out based on those two arguments.

Pieu said: (Jul 28, 2015)  
@Charu.

It will be (C) when one person can give their views that if it will be yes then why as well as if no then also why not and both statements contradict each other, while in case of (E) some people favour for (1) statement while some other people speak for 2nd statement.

Akash said: (Mar 28, 2016)  
Yeah, option C is right because pollution can't be controlled as ever increasing rates that are given in the statement. But it could be controlled through joint effort so either of them is correct both of them can't because at any time one statement could be right.

Amit said: (Jul 9, 2018)  
If both are somehow true then why isn't the answer A and B?

Khush said: (Apr 27, 2019)  
Why not A?

Mywifekamli said: (Jan 21, 2021)  
Yeah! it seems like the answer to this question is option C but let me tell you this.

Do read these again and Observe that in both the statements people have to act Contradict to these arguments. Even both the arguments are strong, It is contradicting the action of people. So, Option C prevails.

1. Yes, If everyone realizes the hazards it may create and cooperates to get rid of it, pollution may be controlled.

2. No, The crowded highways, factories and industries and an ever-growing population eager to acquire more and more land for constructing houses are beyond control.

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