method of exclusion

Sun14

Senior Member
Chinese
Hello, my friends,

I was wondering what you refer to this method as:

"I use the method of exclusion to solve the problem."

Thoughts: It is a simple method with which you could exclude the wrong answer and get the right one. For instance, when you are doing the multiple choice question and you exclude A, C, D and you get B.
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    We often talk about a "process of exclusion." My mistake: it's "elimination" (thanks perpend).

    There were many suspects, but detectives found the perpetrator by a process of exclusion. elimination.
    (They were able to cross suspects with alibis etc. off their list.)
     
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    Sun14

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    We often talk about a "process of exclusion."

    There were many suspects, but detectives found the perpetrator by a process of exclusion.
    (They were able to cross suspects with alibis etc. off their list.)

    But the process of exclusion will sound that it takes a certain time to find the answer. While in the multiple choice question, it may just take several seconds.
     
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