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# A greater number of cars are sold in Town P than in Town Q.

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A greater number of cars are sold in Town P than in Town Q. Therefore, the citizens of Town P spend more time driving their cars, per capita, than do the citizens of Town Q.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

A. Town P has a larger population than Town Q.
B. Most citizens of Town Q work in Town P and buy their cars there.
C. Many residents of Town P purchase second cars that they use only rarely.
D. Most drivers from Town P tend to drive only during the day, and only within the city limits of Town P.
E. The average price of cars sold in Town P is lower than the average price of cars sold in Town Q.
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12 Aug 2006, 00:57
Straight B ....

If more people from town Q bought their cars in town P then obviously that would weaken the conclusion (drive more etc...)
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12 Aug 2006, 01:25
I go with C. Will explain if correct.
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20 May 2013, 22:29
A greater number of cars are sold in Town P than in Town Q. Therefore, the citizens of Town P spend more time driving their cars, per capita, than do the citizens of Town Q.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:
Town P has a larger population than Town Q.
Most citizens of Town Q work in Town P and buy their cars there.
Many residents of Town P purchase second cars that they use only rarely.
Most drivers from Town P tend to drive only during the day, and only within the city limits of Town P.
The average price of cars sold in Town P is lower than the average price of cars sold in Town Q.
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Fact: A greater number of cars are sold in Town P than in Town Q.
Conclusion:The citizens of Town P spend more time driving their cars, per capita, than do the citizens of Town Q.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

Town P has a larger population than Town Q.
Wrong. It will weaken the conclusion: P has a larger population than Q ==> the number of cars sell in P increase DOES NOT mean citizens of P spend more time driving.

Most citizens of Town Q work in Town P and buy their cars there.
Wrong. It will weaken the conclusion: The number of cars sell in P increase because citizens of Q buy cars in P.

Many residents of Town P purchase second cars that they use only rarely.
Wrong. It will weaken the conclusion: If citizens of P use care rarely ==> cannot say they spend more time driving.

Most drivers from Town P tend to drive only during the day, and only within the city limits of Town P.
Wrong. It will weaken the conclusion: Because citizens of P drive only during the day and in limited distance ==> cannot say they spend more time driving.

The average price of cars sold in Town P is lower than the average price of cars sold in Town Q.
Correct. There's no information about price of cars
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21 May 2013, 00:58
Please search for the question before you post. This is already discussed here: a-greater-number-of-cars-are-sold-in-town-p-than-in-town-q-33319.html

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21 May 2013, 01:17
A greater number of cars are sold in Town P than in Town Q. Therefore, the citizens of Town P spend more time driving their cars, per capita, than do the citizens of Town Q.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

A. Town P has a larger population than Town Q.
B. Most citizens of Town Q work in Town P and buy their cars there.
C. Many residents of Town P purchase second cars that they use only rarely.
D. Most drivers from Town P tend to drive only during the day, and only within the city limits of Town P.
E. The average price of cars sold in Town P is lower than the average price of cars sold in Town Q.

Point to note: The evidence shown here on total number of cars sold and the conclusion is made on per capita.

A) This statement weakens the conclusion as we cannot even assert that per capita ownership of car is more in town P than that in town Q.
B) If many of cars sold in P are driven in Q, we cannot asset that per capita driving time for P is more than that of Q. This statement weakens the conclusion.
C) If number of cars is not linked to driving time, we cannot say that per capita driving time for P is more than that of Q. This statement weakens the conclusion.
D) Though we have no information on the usage of cars in town Q, this statement says that residents of town P does not drive the car much and thus the statement weakens the conclusion.
E) Price has no relation on the driving time per capita. This statement does not weaken the conclusion and thus this is the correct answer.

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21 May 2013, 11:31
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Please search for the question before you post. This is already discussed here: a-greater-number-of-cars-are-sold-in-town-p-than-in-town-q-33319.html

Duplicate topics are merged.

I was surprised that Sir doe007!!! did not lock the topic. Anyways, thanks for consideration , so that we can openly discuss on the forum.

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07 Jul 2013, 02:51
IMO A, B,C and D all weaken the argument EXCERT for E. explanation below

A. Town P has a larger population than Town Q. - this attacks( at least calls in to question )the assumption that the per capital driving time for town P is greater than that of Town Q
B. Most citizens of Town Q work in Town P and buy their cars there. - large number of drivers in P is in part contributed by citizens of Q who drives their (mixed group)
C. Many residents of Town P purchase second cars that they use only rarely. - RARELY USE - per capital driving time is challenged
D. Most drivers from Town P tend to drive only during the day, and only within the city limits of Town P. - Same as C above
E. The average price of cars sold in Town P is lower than the average price of cars sold in Town Q. - Correct answer, price of car does nothing to the conclusion that average driving time per capital of Q >P. Therefore, OUT of SCOPE
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05 Oct 2013, 02:52
pqhai: i understand there has been no mention of the prices. but if the average price per car is low in p than in q, wouldn't it be like an incentive for people to buy more cars and hence spend more time driving.
On the other hand C indicates that many people buy second hand cars (irrelevant- second hand or brand new, they are still sold). But importantly it has been mentioned that many people buy those second hand cars and rarely drive which brings us to the conclusion that although more cars are sold in p people don't spend more time driving. I know its ambiguous but it seems less ambiguous than the two.
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23 Oct 2013, 21:45
E. The average price of cars sold in Town P is lower than the average price of cars sold in Town Q. - Correct answer, price of car does nothing to the conclusion that average driving time per capital of Q >P. Therefore, OUT of SCOPE
I think the answer E strengthen the first premise in the argument. I don't think it is out of scope.
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05 Jun 2014, 09:23
The 1st statement is self explanatory and claims that number of cars sold in Town P is more than that of Town Q. However, based only on this statement it can't be concluded that residents of Town P spend more time driving their cars, per capita, than those of Town Q.

Please Note: 'per capita' here refers to 'income per person' (mean/avg income of the people of Town P & Town Q separately)

Based on the question we have to strengthen the conclusion whatsoever.
A. One way to infer this statement and conclude is that larger population = more number of cars = more people spending time in driving their cars (as compared to Town Q, but the income factor is still missing) - eliminate
B. Town Q people buy in Town P because they work there. How is that related? It doesn't strengthen our argument still - eliminate
C. Many Town P people buy 2nd cars and use them rarely - it weakens the argument, thus failing the conclusion that Town P residents spend more time driving their cars - eliminate
D. Not at all a required or related information - eliminate

E. Avg price of cars sold in Town P is less than that of Town Q, ere-go people in Town P buy more cars = spend more time driving them = increased affordability of cars as compared to Town Q residents - correct

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abhishek263 wrote:
The 1st statement is self explanatory and claims that number of cars sold in Town P is more than that of Town Q. However, based only on this statement it can't be concluded that residents of Town P spend more time driving their cars, per capita, than those of Town Q.

Please Note: 'per capita' here refers to 'income per person' (mean/avg income of the people of Town P & Town Q separately)

Based on the question we have to strengthen the conclusion whatsoever.
A. One way to infer this statement and conclude is that larger population = more number of cars = more people spending time in driving their cars (as compared to Town Q, but the income factor is still missing) - eliminate
B. Town Q people buy in Town P because they work there. How is that related? It doesn't strengthen our argument still - eliminate
C. Many Town P people buy 2nd cars and use them rarely - it weakens the argument, thus failing the conclusion that Town P residents spend more time driving their cars - eliminate
D. Not at all a required or related information - eliminate

E. Avg price of cars sold in Town P is less than that of Town Q, ere-go people in Town P buy more cars = spend more time driving them = increased affordability of cars as compared to Town Q residents - correct

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Hi Abhishek,

"per capita" here refers to "each person" not "income per person".

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15 Sep 2014, 23:01
E looks good.
But i think D as a weakner wants us to assume too much. First of all it says the drivers of P drives during the day. So it can be 1-10 hrs of driving which can be greater than the town q residents. also it adds to say that drivers drive within the city limits. So the city limit can be 10miles but who restricts the user to go only once around the city.
Its still better than E.
I want to understand one thing. Even if there's positive factor, against plenty of negatives, that weakens the arguement for a particular answer choice. Can that option be considered a weakner?
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A must remember on CR question is to attack the conclusion and not the fact presented in the question. Option E attacks the fact or the only premise of the question, hence cannot be the correct answer.

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I agree with you that E attacks the fact more than the conclusion.
But i think A and B also attack the fact.
Then how did we come at the answer E?
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10 Jun 2016, 02:26
E is irrelevant and hence incorrect IMO.
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E is irrelevant and hence incorrect IMO.

Hi,

I also feel A is irrelevent.
"Town P has a larger population than Town Q"

Can you please explain option A ?
How can population depict more driving ?
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A greater number of cars are sold in Town P than in Town Q. Therefore, the citizens of Town P spend more time driving their cars, per capita, than do the citizens of Town Q.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

A. Town P has a larger population than Town Q.
B. Most citizens of Town Q work in Town P and buy their cars there.
C. Many residents of Town P purchase second cars that they use only rarely.
D. Most drivers from Town P tend to drive only during the day, and only within the city limits of Town P.
E. The average price of cars sold in Town P is lower than the average price of cars sold in Town Q.
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ps_dahiya: Sharad, it will be very helpful if you could format the question a little bit. It was too difficult to read.

While attempting questions from ***** I always wonder, should I be wasting my time on these questions? This one is again a classic example of wasted time.
Option D & E both require an assumption (in D, we need to assume that town P is not substantially bigger/smaller in area than town Q, also we need to assume the driving habits of town Q drivers whether they prefer driving in day or night or 24*7...in E we have to assume that less price of the car is resulting in more number of car purchase)
Though if this kind of question comes in GMAT, I wonder if flipping a coin would help?
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