Logical Reasoning - Statement and Assumption - Discussion

In each question below is given a statement followed by three assumptions numbered I, II and III. You have to consider the statement and the following assumptions, decide which of the assumptions is implicit in the statement and choose your answer accordingly.

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Statement: In spite of the heavy rains the traffic has not been disrupted this year.

Assumptions:

  1. The traffic is disrupted in rainy seasons only.
  2. Rains do not affect traffic movement.
  3. Adequate precautions were taken for traffic management during rainy season.

[A]. Only I is implicit
[B]. Only I and II are implicit
[C]. Only III is implicit
[D]. Only II and III are implicit
[E]. None is implicit

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The statement expresses surprise at the traffic situation remaining normal even after rains. This means that rains affect traffic. So, II is not implicit. But this does not mean that only rains affect traffic. So, I is also not implicit. Since the traffic was not affected during rains as expected, so III is implicit.

Saurabh said: (Aug 22, 2017)  
"In spite of the heavy rains the traffic has not been disrupted this year. " So the author expects rains, which fall in only in a particular rainy season, should disrupt the traffic, otherwise nothing else should disrupt it. Isn't the author assuming that "I. The traffic is disrupted in rainy seasons only".

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