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Although video game sales have increased steadily over the past 3 years, we can expect a reversal of this trend
in the very near future. Historically, over three quarters of video games sold have been purchased by people
from 13 to 16 years of age, and the number of people in this age group is expected to decline steadily over
the next 10 years.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

(A) Most people 17 years old or older have never purchased a video game.
(B) Video game rentals have declined over the past 3 years.
(C) New technology will undoubtedly make entirely new entertainment options available over the next 10 years.
(D) The number of different types of video games available is unlikely to decrease in the near future.
(E) Most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16.

Can some one explain the why the answer is correct?
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29 Jan 2011, 08:06
Even if the number of people in this age group is expected to decline, video game sales will probably continue to increase as most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16,
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29 Jan 2011, 08:22
intcan wrote:
Even if the number of people in this age group is expected to decline, video game sales will probably continue to increase as most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16,

I understand the meaning, but why is it correct?
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intcan wrote:
Even if the number of people in this age group is expected to decline, video game sales will probably continue to increase as most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16,

I understand the meaning, but why is it correct?

First : historically, over three quarters of video games sold have been purchased by people from 13 to 16 years of age, and the number of people in this age group is expected to decline steadily over the next 10 years.

second: video game sales have increased steadily over the past 3 years

Now, why the sales increase if the number of people from 13 to 16 will decline ???

BECAUSE the people of 16 years old will buy videogames.

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30 Jan 2011, 01:47
Conclusion: Although video game sales have increased steadily over the past 3 years, we can expect a reversal of this trend
in the very near future.

To weaken this argument, we must find a reason to believe that the video sales will continue to increase.

Premise: "Historically" teenagers at the age of 13-16 have accounted for 3/4 video games sales. In addition, this group of population is expected to decline.

E tells us for "the last three years" most of the video games were purchased by the group of population at the age over 16. Thus , the decline metion in the premise is not going to affect this group at the age over 16.

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30 Jan 2011, 23:57
IMO E
If 'sales of video games have increased in last 3 yrs' and (adding Optiion E) if 'most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16' then conclusion that 'sales will decrease beause the number of people in age group of 13 to 16 is expected to decline steadily over the next 10 years' is automatically weakened because this age group is no longer the main purchaser.
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01 Feb 2011, 21:05
i believe choice (E) presents an alternate cause, the premise relies upon 13-16 yr olds, while E says most of the purchasers are 16 yr olds
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