• Nathan Fox

True at the Same Time

Test 50 - Section 2 - Question 9

Logical Reasoning

Difficulty: 4


Oooh, now here's a good question. LSAT Demon user Andrea K. asks: "Hi! Question about B on this one. What if one of the words in the middle of a title is both a conjunction or article and a main word? Does the second sentence trump over the first sentence in that case?"

Nope. No, it does not. The question stem "Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the statements above?" means that we accept both premises as true.

But! You exclaim. But they can't both be true at the same time! They conflict!

Untrue my friend.

The two statements can be true at the same time. In certain circumstances. And we can predict exactly what those circumstances might be.

Remember that other question where the two committees, if they each had quorums, would have to start the same big meeting at two different times? It's not possible to start a meeting at two different times! The statements conflict! No my friend. That does not mean that one rule is true and the other is false. Both rules are true, in certain circumstances. Simple: Both committees can't have quorums at the same time. They can't, because otherwise one of the rules can't be true. That's the point of the question.

Now that's a more modern example—from PT83, December 2017—but it's directly parallel to this question from PT50, September 2006. The more LSAT practice you do, whether they're newer or older questions, the better you'll do on whatever test you do next.

My prediction here, parallel to the correct answer from the "quorum" question, is "articles, and prepositions and conjunctions with fewer than five letters, when they occur in the middle of a title, can't be capitalized so they can't be main words."

The correct answer (B) is a weaker, easier to prove version of all that. It's a Must Be True / Reasoning question, so we prefer a weaker answer anyway. If my prediction is true then B is definitely true (at least.) 

None of the other answers are predictable, nor do they have to be true based solely on the facts on the page. So the answer is B.

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