Importance of Some, Both, All and None in Venn Diagrams

These keywords can easily help you draw a Venn Diagram between sets. You will find this simple trick quite effective in drawing Venn Diagrams for Syllogism questions. The concept has been explained with best examples.

Last Reviewed and Updated on February 7, 2020
Posted by Parveen(Hoven),
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Importance of Some, Both, All, None in Venn Diagrams

These three keywords can help us draw Venn Diagrams very quickly - just ask a question, and watch for the answer you get. Let's see how.

If the two things have a relation of "some", then they have a common area. For example, if we say some doctors are athletes, then the sets of doctors and athletes have a common area. Some doctors are athletes or, vice versa, some athletes are doctors. Another example is some take tea only, and some coffee only, some take neither, and some take both. Here the presence of the word some should give us a hint that some common portion is there between the two sets.

The both keyword is also used to describe the common area to two sets of things.

If the relation is described by All, then the two sets have a parent/child relationship. For example, if we say "All dogs are animals", then the set of animals is a parent set for the set of dogs. The set of dogs is contained inside the set of animals.

Lastly, if the relationship is described by the "None" keyword, then the two sets have nothing in common. Such sets are called disjoint sets.

On the basis of the above let us discuss a question.

Discussion of a Question on Drawing a Venn Diagram

In a dinner party both fish and mutton were served. Some took only fish and some only mutton. The rest accepted both fish and mutton. Draw a Venn diagram.

First of all there are two sets to be considered: fish eaters, and mutton eaters. Next notice that word "some" has been used to describe the relationship. We can blindly draw two intersecting circles.

The next thing is to label the portions on the basis of the given statements. Some took only fish means the portion of fish eaters that is not common. Similarly, we can label the portion for mutton eaters also. Lastly, the rest accepted both fish and mutton means the common portion. We can now complete the diagram as shown below.

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Updated on 2020-02-07. Published on: 2016-06-05