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According to a recent study, fifteen corporations in the United States that follow a credo of social responsibility are also very profitable. Because of their credos, these fifteen corporations give generously to charity, follow stringent environmental-protection policies, and have vigorous affirmative-action programs.

Q.Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A.Following a credo of social responsibility helps to make a corporation very profitable.
B.It is possible for a corporation that follows a credo of social responsibility to be very profitable.
C.A corporation that gives generously to charity must be doing so because of its credo of social responsibility.
D.Corporations that are very profitable tend to gives generously to charity.
E.Corporations that have vigorous affirmative-action programs also tend to follow stringent environmental-protection polices.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2005, 00:56
A with B.
If B then it could be with A.
A and B are not in relationship of cause-effect.

B.It is possible for a corporation that follows a credo of social responsibility to be very profitable.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2005, 14:12
I am also with (B).

It follows this pattern:
If A then B
since A so B.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2005, 21:16
B is the best, all other choices may have alternative explanations.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2005, 21:27
What do you think of (A)?

Also, I think what (B) states is the exactly the same as what the sentence of "fifteen corporations in the United States that follow a credo of social responsibility are also very profitable" says. I don't see any differences between those 2 setences. Am I correct? Thank you.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2005, 21:44
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What do you think of (A)?

Also, I think what (B) states is the exactly the same as what the sentence of "fifteen corporations in the United States that follow a credo of social responsibility are also very profitable" says. I don't see any differences between those 2 setences. Am I correct? Thank you.

It is a matter of causal relationship.
A says that following the credo makes the orgs profitable. However, the stem implies that the orgs are profitable DESPITE following the credo.
B just expounds on the stem saying that despite following the credo, some firms can still be profitable.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2005, 07:47
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What do you think of (A)?

Also, I think what (B) states is the exactly the same as what the sentence of "fifteen corporations in the United States that follow a credo of social responsibility are also very profitable" says. I don't see any differences between those 2 setences. Am I correct? Thank you.

It is a matter of causal relationship.
A says that following the credo makes the orgs profitable. However, the stem implies that the orgs are profitable DESPITE following the credo.
B just expounds on the stem saying that despite following the credo, some firms can still be profitable.

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Just to add to greycellz, in 'B' there is a word 'possible' which is less aggressive/extreme than 'A'.
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Taku wrote:
What do you think of (A)?

Also, I think what (B) states is the exactly the same as what the sentence of "fifteen corporations in the United States that follow a credo of social responsibility are also very profitable" says. I don't see any differences between those 2 setences. Am I correct? Thank you.


Hi, I think the most apparent b/w A and B is the matter of tone.

(A) seems too absolute. Following a credo doens't necessarily make the organizations profitable.

(B) says it is possible ...
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 06:14
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What do you think of (A)?

Also, I think what (B) states is the exactly the same as what the sentence of "fifteen corporations in the United States that follow a credo of social responsibility are also very profitable" says. I don't see any differences between those 2 setences. Am I correct? Thank you.


The best answer to an inference question of this type is that which closely restates what is already in the stem. So, yes, you are correct. B restates the argument, but qualifies it with the word 'possible'. Go with it B.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 15:39
Thanks a lot for the discussions! Appreciate your kind support. Yes, the OA is (B).
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 18:57
1)Recent study: 15 corps in US that follow credo of social responsibility are also profitable

2)Because of their credo, these 15 corps
-give generoulsy to charity
-follow stringent environmental protection policies
-have vigorous affirmative action pgms

Q.Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A.Following a credo of social responsibility helps to make a corporation very profitable.
- Not sure. all we know are these 15 corps happen to be profitable

B.It is possible for a corporation that follows a credo of social responsibility to be very profitable.
- Yes, it's possible for a corp to be profitable whiel following a credo of social responsibility

C.A corporation that gives generously to charity must be doing so because of its credo of social responsibility.
- We're told that for the 15 corps, because of their credo, they give generously to charity, but we can't translate these to all corps

D.Corporations that are very profitable tend to gives generously to charity.
- Can't link the two premise together as a cause-effect relationship

E.Corporations that have vigorous affirmative-action programs also tend to follow stringent environmental-protection polices
- Can't be inferred

B is best.
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