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# Archive | Logical Reasoning

## “Unless” Statements on the LSAT: Part 2

A couple weeks ago, we briefly explored “unless” statements when I provided the following example and asked you to translate it into a standard if/then statement. I refuse to keep writing formal logic blog posts unless some of you post comments telling me you’re finding these helpful. 🙂 Well, it’s time to check back in […]

## LSAT Logical Reasoning: The Basics

What is an LSAT Logical Reasoning question? An LSAT Logical Reasoning question consists of three components: a stimulus, a prompt, and five answer choices. The stimulus is a short paragraph (typically 50-60 words) that presents an argument, dialogue, set of facts, or scenario. It is followed by a prompt, or question, requiring you to analyze […]

## If/Then Statements and Contrapositives on the LSAT

Formal logic is one of the dreaded monsters of the LSAT, largely because it forces you to pay attention to all those tiny words you usually skim over. If is one such word, and it’s definitely one of the most important words to understand on the exam.   The Standard If/Then Statement Most people are […]

## Many and Most on the LSAT

Now that we’ve covered the intricacies of some, let’s talk many and most. These ones are easier now that you’re in the right frame of mind.   Many There’s a good chance that many means something pretty close to what you used to think some meant. Dictionaries define it as “a large number” or “more […]

## “Unless” Statements on the LSAT: Part 1

In our continuing exploration of the wonderful world of formal logic, I bring you: unless. But this time, you have to work it out for yourself via this real world example: I refuse to keep writing formal logic blog posts unless some of you post comments telling me that you’re finding these helpful. 😉   […]

## If, Only If, and If and Only If on the LSAT

In a previous blog post, we covered how to interpret basic if/then statements and how to form their contrapositives. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most common alternative forms of if/then statements. Let’s start with a basic if/then statement and its contrapositive: If I am a vegetarian, I don’t eat beef. If […]

## What does “Some” Mean on the LSAT?

If you’re an adult and a native English speaker, and you’re asking this question, there’s a pretty good chance you’re studying for the LSAT. Some is an extremely common word that, like most extremely common words, we largely take for granted in daily usage. But when it comes up over and over and over again […]