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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 22:05
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At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height tables. However, many customers come to watch the celebrities who frequent the Hollywood, and they would prefer tall tables with stools because such seating would afford a better view of the celebrities. Moreover, diners seated on stools typically do not stay as long as diners seated at standard-height tables. Therefore, if the Hollywood replaced some of its seating with high tables and stools, its profits would increase.

The argument is vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it gives reason to believe that it is likely that

(A) some celebrities come to the Hollywood to be seen, and so might choose to sit at the tall tables if they were available.
(B) the price of meals ordered by celebrities dining at the Hollywood compensates for the longer time, if any, they spend lingering over their meals.
(C) a customer of the Hollywood who would choose to sit at a tall table would be an exception to the generalization about lingering
(D) a restaurant's customers who spend less time at their meals typically order less expensive meals than those who remain at their meals longer
(E) with enough tall tables to accommodate all the Hollywood's customers interested in such seating, there would be no view except of other tall tables.


The real trick in answering this question as with many other questions is to fully understand what the question means. The key words in the question are: "gives reason to believe that it is likely that". That means that the passage should suggest what is mentioned in the choices. Let us see the choices now:

Choice A: The passage doesn't suggest anything about celebrities wanting to be seen
Choice B: The passage doesn't suggest anything about meals ordered by the celebrities
Choice C: The passage is mainly concerned with the Hollywood Restaurant's customers. We can get a sense of what C says without even fully understanding the choice because if the basis on which the author suggests is only an exception, then it could not support the author's view. So let us give it a closer look. Consider the statement: "they would prefer tall tables with stools because such seating would afford a better view of the celebrities." The statement undermines the author's assumption about tall stools that the customer's who sit on tall stools do not linger long, because the statement gives reason to believe that if the customers have a better view of the celebrities they are in fact likely to linger longer.
Choice D: The passage doesn't suggest anything on the basis of cost of the meals even though it may be true.
Choice E: The passage doesn't suggest anything what this choice says even though it may be true
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 19:48
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Hii Sri.
Can you please elaborate on the meaning of C? I know that by POE, we could have easily done this one, but still what C intends to say. May be because doing hard CR questions doesn't gels with my brain.
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 20:38
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Hii Sri.
Can you please elaborate on the meaning of C? I know that by POE, we could have easily done this one, but still what C intends to say. May be because doing hard CR questions doesn't gels with my brain.


Dear Marcab,

The author says that customers prefer tall stools because such seating would afford a better view of the celebrities. But if that were true, customers would actually linger long as they get a better view of celebrities.

Thus the authors own statement gives reason to believe the above and contradicts the statement that the customers who sit on tall stools do not linger long.
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 22:53
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It is a quite unusual question, but I did pick C. The key, as other people have noted, is paying attention to exactly what the question is asking. I figured it out this way: First of all, it is not a Weaken question but a Flaw question; it is asking for an answer that shows why the argument is "vulnerable to criticism" - in other words, an answer that describes something that is wrong with the argument. (When I teach, I tell students that if they mis-identify a Weaken question as a Flaw question or vice versa, it will almost NEVER harm them. This one might be an exception.) But then this question gets a lot more specific than the usual flaw question, because it wants us to identify a flaw which the argument ITSELF actually "gives reason to believe" is "likely". So this isn't just a typical "missing assumption" kind of flaw: Some of the alleged evidence in the argument must actually serve as evidence of a flaw.

Because they have worded the question this way, they can make our life especially hard by providing wrong answers which actually do describe flaws in the argument, but NOT the flaw which the argument contains a specific piece of evidence for. This argument is crawling with flaws, and in fact each of the four wrong answers is a flaw under some or all possible conditions. Only C, however, describes a flaw which follows from part of the evidence. One part of the evidence says that diners on tall stools IN GENERAL leave sooner; another part gives good reason to expect that diners on tall stools AT THE HOLLYWOOD will not. This contradiction then makes it impossible to support the conclusion -- even if we were to buy into the missing assumption (another flaw) that profits go up if diners leave sooner.
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 08:47
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This topic cannot be handled except by POE, The argument is that the Restaurant will make more profits, if they installed more number of taller stools. Any choice, to be the right answer, should touch upon this critical mission.

(A) some celebrities come to the Hollywood to be seen, and so might choose to sit at the tall tables if they were available. --- But still this choice is not related to making profits at all.

(B) the price of meals ordered by celebrities dining at the Hollywood compensates for the longer time, if any, they spend lingering over their meals. --- no relevance to tall tables

(C) a customer of the Hollywood who would choose to sit at a tall table would be an exception to the generalization about lingering --- The generalization about lingering is the these tall-table sitters do not stay long enough. But Hollywood being a place of celebrities, might tempt customers spend longer time at the table and there is no guarantee that they will order expensive meal, because their focus is to glance their idols. Hence this will be an anti-climax to the thinking of the argument think of

(D) a restaurant's customers who spend less time at their meals typically order less expensive meals than those who remain at their meals longer – not related to tables

(E) with enough tall tables to accommodate all the Hollywood's customers interested in such seating, there would be no view except of other tall tables. – No reference to profits.
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2013, 04:35
2 things.
1. We need to accept the premise, as is, unless it's proven that there is some statistical problem with the data in premise.

P1 : tall tables would offer a better view of the celebrities.
P2 : Diners seated on stools typically do not stay as long as diners seated at standard-height tables.

In P2, author leaves a gap open to attack the argument by writing "typically". If we show some data that shows an exception that that could weaken the argument.

Answer choice C states that exception.
Regarding D, again author says typically a restaurant's customers who spend less time at their meals order less expensive meals than those who remain at their meals longer. This means it may not be the case always. Also, restaurant can attract higher volume of customer than earlier, then this strategy can still work.

Regarding E, we need to accept the premise P1 as is and thus, we need to assume that tall table will offer the better view.
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2013, 17:25
C for me
I think the difficulty lies in the complex wording in the question stem:
The argument is vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it gives reason to believe that it is likely that

What it actually asks is as simple as "the author's assumption".
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2013, 07:47
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At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height tables. However, many customers come to watch the celebrities who frequent the Hollywood, and they would prefer tall tables with stools because such seating would afford a better view of the celebrities. Moreover, diners seated on stools typically do not stay as long as diners seated at standard-height tables. Therefore, if the Hollywood replaced some of its seating with high tables and stools, its profits would increase.

The argument is vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it gives reason to believe that it is likely that

(A) some celebrities come to the Hollywood to be seen, and so might choose to sit at the tall tables if they were available.
(B) the price of meals ordered by celebrities dining at the Hollywood compensates for the longer time, if any, they spend lingering over their meals.
(C) a customer of the Hollywood who would choose to sit at a tall table would be an exception to the generalization about lingering
(D) a restaurant's customers who spend less time at their meals typically order less expensive meals than those who remain at their meals longer
(E) with enough tall tables to accommodate all the Hollywood's customers interested in such seating, there would be no view except of other tall tables.



It is c, all other option does not talk about profit. D is all about sitting it could be tall stool or normal one
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2013, 05:39
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At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height tables. However, many customers come to watch the celebrities who frequent the Hollywood, and they would prefer tall tables with stools because such seating would afford a better view of the celebrities. Moreover, diners seated on stools typically do not stay as long as diners seated at standard-height tables. Therefore, if the Hollywood replaced some of its seating with high tables and stools, its profits would increase.

The argument is vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it gives reason to believe that it is likely that

(A) some celebrities come to the Hollywood to be seen, and so might choose to sit at the tall tables if they were available.
(B) the price of meals ordered by celebrities dining at the Hollywood compensates for the longer time, if any, they spend lingering over their meals.
(C) a customer of the Hollywood who would choose to sit at a tall table would be an exception to the generalization about lingering
(D) a restaurant's customers who spend less time at their meals typically order less expensive meals than those who remain at their meals longer
(E) with enough tall tables to accommodate all the Hollywood's customers interested in such seating, there would be no view except of other tall tables.


Is this a GMAT question?

I retract what I said in my earlier posts after a closer reading of the question.

If you read the question carefully you will see that there is no other group other than the following group that is mentioned with regard to lingering : "many customers come to watch the celebrities who frequent the Hollywood,". So I do not understand how choice C can be correct as there is no group mentioned which can be taken as the exception to the generalization because all of the above group who come to see celebrities prefer to sit at a tall table and those who sit at a tall table spend less time dining.

So the argument definitely does not give reason to believe that the hollywood customers would be an exception to the generalization about lingering.
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2013, 11:24
(C) a customer of the Hollywood who would choose to sit at a tall table would be an exception to the generalization about lingering

one query i neglected this choice as "sit at tall table" diners sit on stools not on table.. is dere any typo in options..
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HI Rahul,

This is actually correct English.

You:
sit 'at' a table
but
sit 'on' a stool

'Sit at a table' is sort of like saying you're sat beside the table to eat.

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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2013, 08:10
Hi all,

i think a majority of you understood that we need to find something that is profit-related.

C and D are the two choices. I chose D but I was wrong.

First, as a non native speaker "lingering" was not familiar to me. The definition is "doing nothing or to process slowly" (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lingering)

Now that you know that, look at D. In D says that you may have less orders. But if you have 10 orders at €100 and shift to 50 orders at €50, your profit went up from €1000 to €2500! therefore D is out!

C is the best answer.

Hope it helps! This one was really hard!
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2014, 23:21
OA- D

I dont understand why they stress on C. Lingering makes no sense with increase or decrease profits unless explicitly stated.

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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2014, 10:14
If we read carefully we find a disconnect in the conclusion and the premise.

Agreed that those interested in watching the celebrities may use high stools.

The generlaisation assumes that the customer using the high stool will not linger and so leave early and so space will be available for more such customers .

But what if he continues to linger???


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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2014, 03:04
though i went for d but c seems to be better as = tall stools= better view of celebrities = more time spent = purpose of stools to reduce time spent,
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Re: At present the Hollywood Restaurant has only standard-height [#permalink] New post 29 May 2014, 01:33
The best answer is C.

Increased profits will be had with more customers per hour.
Therefore, in order for tall stools to increase profits, we would need people who sit at tall stools to leave faster, which the author generalizes is the case.
However, the passage tells us that people who sit in tall stools do so in order to see the celebrities.
Therefore, we have reason to believe that they will be in the tall stools specifically in order to linger and watch the celebrities.
Therefore, we will not have more customers per hour in the tall-stool tables (in fact, we may very well have less).
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