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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
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24 Nov 2012, 03:59
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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
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I chose B...

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24 Nov 2012, 06:23
+ 1 B

But still confuse with argument construction.
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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
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Conclusion: Public exp. of improvement is done to conceal some form of deterioration. (Per Hutber)
Premise: One of neighborhood has improved its bike lanes, and states that 'celebrations' of the improvements has lead to more ticketing.

Task: Need additional evidence that states what the deterioration is, and that rep. is trying to coceal.

[A]: Provides evidence that 'ticketing' has been rampant over last 12 months. Looks good, this might as well be what the rep. is trying to conceal.
[B]: No bearing on the conclusion.
[C]: Whether or not the neighborhood is desirable is out of scope of the argument.
[D]: The QoLife has always been the same for over a decade -> No improvement / decline. Had QoL declined this option would have been a contender.
[E]: No bearing on coclusion

IMO, A wins.
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25 Nov 2012, 06:47
P1- PH suggests that any public expression of improvement implies that it is done to hide a deterioration.

P2- NR responded to news (news stating that the neighborhood received vigorous ticketing) by saying: 2 new bike lanes added quality of life.

So, to strengthen, we need to show that there is some form of deterioration involved with new bike lanes behind this public expression of improvement provided by NR. Among the choices B does this job.
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Begin this difficult Strengthen question by identifying the conclusion: in this case, that Hutber would’ve considered
the neighborhood rep’s behavior an example of someone touting ‘improvement’ in order to conceal evidence of
deterioration. The ‘improvement’ here is clearly the bike lanes, but the deterioration is less clear: the tenant is upset
about the ticketing, but we have no evidence in the original stimulus that that ticketing is a deterioration – if the
ticketing has always been this bad, then things in the neighborhood are awful, but they haven’t been deteriorating.
Since we need some premise to link the ticketing to deteriorating conditions in the neighborhood, (A) is our only choice.
Note the trap inherent in the most popular incorrect choice (D) - the fact that the quality of life is "stagnant" means
that it hasn't deteriorated as is part of the conclusion.
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03 Sep 2014, 11:33
I don't get it, any one can try an other explanation?

Maybe a meaning problem... What is ticketing? The dictionary did not help!
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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
OA
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after discussions

can anyone explain this question in detailed way?
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06 Jan 2016, 01:12
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gmatbull wrote:
Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
OA
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can anyone explain this question in detailed way?

The passage plays around the following idea: if someone tries to speak about any kind of improvements - this chap most likely wants to conceal some kind of deterioration, that things got worse in fact.

Example: an official boasts that the city has put into operation a new kindergarden for 100 children, but he does not mention that 5 old kindergardens have been destroyed that used to give day care to 1000 children. So this false to the core official just speaks about some "improvement" to conceal degradation.

Getting engaged with the stimuli: we understand that 2 new bike lanes were introduced to the community, ok, it is a good thing to have separate bike lanes. then we see there is some ticketing system that should work closely with the bike lanes, i am not sure what it is for. may be residents have to pay for the right to use bike lanes. ok. sounds reasonable. one should pay for goodies.

but why the tenant strongly beleives the neighborhood representative is distorting facts? i.e. tries to conceal degradation with so to say an "improvement"? he is unhappy with bike lanes? or with vigorous ticketing? So we need to find an answer which would prove that the tenant is right that there is some deterioration taking place and being concealed by nasty representative. the deterioration has to be on the side of bike lanes: they are not built to standards and only endanger citizens to road accidents, they made the situation worse for some reason and it would have been better without them etc. or on the side of ticketing. most likely here. because the tetnat emotionally mentions vigorous ticketing.

(A): The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the neighborhood’s history.this should be the answer by POE. the most relevant asnwer. the community might have a ticketing system before the 2 new lanes or might not have the one. but we know for sure that vigorous and unprecedented speak in a negative tone. so this means that ticketing system has worsened the situation

(B): The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be frequented by the neighborhood’s residents. trap answer. even it is true and they are not impressive - THIS DOES NOT DETERIORATE THE SITUATION, they can be laid say outside the city in the hills where noone cares to bike - does this deteriorate situation for the community which has never had any bike lanes at all. no.

(C) Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the most desirable in the city.it says ticketing is bad but people love the place just the same. there is no deterioration at all. it weakens

(D) The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been stagnant for well over a decade. attack the surveys! i or anyone else can make a better survey and come to opposite results

(E) The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents. how does this help to reveal deterioration witht he bike lane system?
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Yeah, I still like B. We're told that any public expression of improvement is not to be trusted because it is done to cover up a deterioration. B confirms a public expression of improvement is not sincere. While A does strengthen the argument that there was a deterioration, that does not mean that expression of improvement was done to cover up the deterioration.
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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
OA
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THE TENANT ARGUMENT IS DRAWING PARALLEL WITH HUTBER'S PRIPOSITION
AND THE IMPROVEMENT-DETERIORATION PARALLEL IN TENANTS POINT IS BIKEWAY-TAX RESPECTIVELY. SO THE RIGHT OPTION MUST BUTRESS THAT THE TAX(TICKETING) IS ONE H*LL OF A DETERIORATION SINCE THE "IMPROVEMENT" IS ALREADY CLEARLY THE BIKEWAY TOUTED PUBLICLY BY THE NEIGHBORHOOD REP.

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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Here we have a STRENGTHEN question. What is it we are looking to strengthen? The tenants's argument. What is the tenant's argument?

"Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life."

Rephrased, he's saying that in the current situation, the Neighborhood Representative is trying to cover up some deterioration by touting the improvements of the bike lanes. It is also suggested that the deterioration has to do with the ticketing, since the Neighborhood Representative responded to questions about the ticketing by celebrating the improvements to the bike lanes.

Ok, so what are we looking for in the answer choices? We are looking for something that will strengthen the argument. That is, something that will show that there is some deterioration of the neighborhood's quality of life.

*Note: "Ticketing" refers to police or public security issuing tickets to citizens for violations of bylaws (speeding, illegal parking, j-walking, etc.)

Alright, let's look at the answer choices and see if we find what we're looking for.

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history. This suggests that the ticketing has increased in the past 12 months, hence the quality of life has deteriorated. Possible answer!

B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents. Doesn't show any deterioration in the quality of life for the residents. Reject.

C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city. Doesn't speak to deterioration of the quality of life. Suggests the opposite. Reject.

D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade. Indicates that there is no improvement or deterioration in the quality of life. Stagnant = no change. Reject.

E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents. No bearing on the deterioration of the quality of life of the residents. Reject.

So A is the only possible answer here. It indicates a clear deterioration of the quality of life of the residents (nobody likes more ticketing), and strengthens the tenant's argument that the Neighborhood Representative was trying to conceal the deterioration by celebrating the improvement of the bike lanes.
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