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# Verbal patterns in four works known to be written by a certa

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Verbal patterns in four works known to be written by a certa [#permalink]  15 Feb 2019, 12:26
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Verbal patterns in four works known to be written by a certain author were compared to those in a work of uncertain authorship sometimes attributed to that author. Many patterns were studied, including frequency of specific words and recurrence of certain phrases. The questioned work displayed verbal patterns very similar to those in the other four works, establishing that the same author wrote all five.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the conclusion above?

(A) No two writers are likely to display similar verbal patterns in their works.
(B) Writers from different historical periods sometimes use the same words and phrases, but the meanings of such words and phrases change over time.
(C) Many writers consciously attempt to experiment with innovative verbal patterns in each new work.
(D) A relatively small number of words in any language occur with great frequency, and those words make up the largest portion of all discourse.
(E) Word choice is generally considered an insignificant component of an author's style
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Re: Verbal patterns in four works known to be written by a certa [#permalink]  23 Feb 2019, 19:20
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(A) This may seem obvious, and is more like an assumption the argument makes. Nonetheless, it definitely strengthens the conclusion. If everyone had the same verbal pattern, then the conclusion would be totally wrong.

(B) The same words and phrases occurring in different time periods, by different authors, weakens the argument instead of strengthening it.

(C) This would mean that we might expect a work by this author to have a different verbal pattern. Since the questioned work has the same verbal pattern, this choice does not help the conclusion.

(D) If anything, this is a weakener, saying that the common verbal patterns could simply be happenstance.

(E) This choice doesn't say anything about word choice helping us to identify a specific author. So it doesn't help the conclusion.
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