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    false/not stated?

    Hello,

    I have doubts about a question from a test. The context is as follows:

    Adam: So one evening I went to a place where I could book a trip on a canoe. I paid my money, got my ticket and checked when the canoe left in the morning. But in the morning I found that there wasn’t a canoe and that the place where I’d paid my money was closed!
    Janet: Oh no! So what did you do?
    Adam: Well, I went down to the riverbank and I negotiated with the fisherman and managed to get a ride in a canoe heading in the right direction.
    Janet: How did you do that? I mean, I didn’t know you could speak any Indian languages.
    Adam: No, I can’t. But most of the people there speak Spanish.
    Janet: So what happened next?...


    And the question reads:

    Adam can speak Spanish. True/False / Not stated

    The answer is "Not stated", but isn't it implied he actually can speak Spanish - he negotiated with the local people? Well, if we apply strict logic, which I'm not very good at, there is indeed no information about his language skills... but if you heard the conversation, would you also infer that?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: false/not stated?

    That he speaks Spanish is conveyed by the conversation. Otherwise he wouldn't have been able to negotiate.

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    Re: false/not stated?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    That he speaks Spanish is conveyed by the conversation. Otherwise he wouldn't have been able to negotiate.
    True, but this is not explicitly stated.

    This is the kind of test question I find rather silly.

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