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Critical Reasoning: Conclusion Strengthening Questions

The sport of tennis develops muscular strength, sharpens coordination, and provides good cardiovascular exercise. However, it can strain joints especially in the knee, elbow and wrist area. Despite this drawback, tennis should be played by anyone attracted to it because of its possible benefits to physical health.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the author's conclusion?

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither supports nor weakens the conclusion because the argument does not involve the facilities used in the sport of tennis. Focus on the conclusion, and search for a statement that strengthens it.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither supports nor weakens the conclusion because the argument does not involve the financial aspect of the sport of tennis. Focus on the conclusion, and search for a statement that strengthens it.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice weakens the conclusion whereas you are required to find a statement that supports it. The conclusion recommends the playing of tennis so emphasizing its negative effects will not get you to the right answer.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither supports nor weakens the conclusion because the argument does not involve the aspect of the popularity of the sport of tennis. Focus on the conclusion, and search for a statement that strengthens it.

Good work!

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The argument presents tennis in a positive light, but not without telling us about one of its drawbacks - straining the joints. By providing solutions to this drawback, this answer choice supports the conclusion that tennis should be played by anyone who wants to play it.

Tennis is played on a variety of surfaces on outdoor courts or indoor sporting facilities.
The earnings of professional tennis players are the highest of any professional sport.
Damage to joints is extremely difficult to repair and may affect one's mobility for extended periods of time.
Tennis is a sport that is growing in many countries around the world.
Stretching exercises, warm-up, and professional consultation can prevent serious physical harm that can be caused by any sport.