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Q. 5: The four sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4) given below, when properly sequenced would yield a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper sequence of the order of the sentences and key in the sequence of the four numbers as your answer.
1. We’ll all live under mob rule until then, which doesn’t help anyone.
2. Perhaps we need to learn to condense the feedback we receive online so that 100 replies carry the same weight as just one.
3. As we grow more comfortable with social media conversations being part of the way we interact every day, we are going to have to learn how to deal with legitimate criticism.
4. A new norm will arise where it is considered unacceptable to reply with the same point that dozens of others have already.
Sentence 1, with “then” cannot be the introductory sentence and neither can sentence 2 with “perhaps.” Both these words suggest an event or action will precede these sentences. A close reading of the sentences shows us that the paragraph is about “social media conversations” – at least sentences 2,3 and 4 are. Sentences 2 and 4 are about replying to social media conversations while sentence 3 is about social media conversations. Therefore, sentence 3 is the introductory sentence since it is the more generic sentence.
Sentences 2 and 4 are a pair since sentence 2 speaks about condensing feedback or replies and sentence 4 talks about this new norm where it would be unacceptable to reply with the same point that dozens of others have already.
Until this condensation of feedback or replies is undertaken, we will all live under mob rule in the social media universe. Sentence 1 states this and concludes the paragraph.
Hence, the correct sequence is 3241.