Logical Reasoning - Statement and Assumption - Discussion

In each question below is given a statement followed by two assumptions numbered I and II. You have to consider the statement and the following assumptions and decide which of the assumptions is implicit in the statement.

Give answer

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

3. 

Statement: Believe me, I have read it in newspaper X.

Assumptions:

  1. Newspaper X gives reliable information/news.
  2. I am reporting exactly as it is given in newspaper X.

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

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

The narrator in the statement clearly insists on the reliability of the fact that what he said, he had read it in newspaper X, and not on the truth of what he said. So, only II is implicit

Aabhas said: (Apr 3, 2011)  
If Newspaper X does not give reliable information... why would he say " Believe me " ?

Anup said: (Jun 6, 2012)  
I think here narrator only communicates what he read in newspaper X to someone else and he expects him/her to believe him as newsaper X being an evidence. He doesn't mean to justify what is written in newspaper X.Newspaper X may have some unrealiable content also.

Vik said: (Nov 2, 2013)  
Well. It seems that a narrator consider some event/situation as true. It may be the only story in this paper considered by him as truthful (so 1st is not implicit). However, how can we sure that he understood the given information correctly and/or that he retold it right (that is "report[ed] exactly as it is given in newspaper") ? so 2nd does not seem implicit to me.

Chait said: (Mar 13, 2015)  
A: India's GDP forecast for 2015-16 is 7%.

B: How can you say that?

A: Believe me, I read it in Economic Times.

It should be implicit that what A is reporting what A read. It has nothing to do with the reliability of the newspaper. Because A is asking B to believe him.

If the reliability of the newspaper had to be implicit, A could have stated, "This is what ET says, if you don't believe me". Therefore, ET must be reliable.

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