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Below is an excerpt from a letter that was sent by the chairman of a corporation to the stockholders.

A number of charges have been raised against me, some serious, some trivial. Individuals seeking to control the corporation for their own purposes have demanded my resignation. Remember that no court of law in any state has found me guilty of any criminal offense whatsoever. In the American tradition, as you know, an individual is considered innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, as the corporation’s unbroken six-year record of growth will show, my conduct of my official duties as chairman has only helped enhance the success of the corporation, and so benefited every stockholder.

Which of the following can be properly inferred from the excerpt?

(A) The chairman believes that all those who have demanded his resignation are motivated by desire to control the corporation for their own purposes.
(B) Any misdeeds that the chairman may have committed were motivated by his desire to enhance the success of the corporation.
(C) The chairman is innocent of any criminal offense.
(D) The corporation has expanded steadily over the past six years.
(E) Any legal proceedings against the chairman have resulted in his acquittal.

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Which of the following can be properly inferred from the excerpt?

(A) The chairman believes that all those who have demanded his resignation are motivated by desire to control the corporation for their own purposes.
The word motivated is too extreme... Individuals were seeking to control....not motivated by desire to control..
(B) Any misdeeds that the chairman may have committed were motivated by his desire to enhance the success of the corporation.
We dont know about that.... There might be few charges based on his personal life.. Also, passage only states that his conduct of officials duties has helped him for success of corporation...
(C) The chairman is innocent of any criminal offense.
Remember that no court of law in any state has found me guilty of any criminal offense whatsoever.The trial might be in process for few charges... So we can't say whether he is innocent or not.
(D) The corporation has expanded steadily over the past six years.
Steadily is tempting... But,i'll keep it...
(E) Any legal proceedings against the chairman have resulted in his acquittal.
Maybe he is acquitted because of lack of evidence...

IMO its D...


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Below is an excerpt from a letter that was sent by the chairman of a corporation to the stockholders.

A number of charges have been raised against me, some serious, some trivial. Individuals seeking to control the corporation for their own purposes have demanded my resignation. Remember that no court of law in any state has found me guilty of any criminal offense whatsoever. In the American tradition, as you know, an individual is considered innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, as the corporation’s unbroken six-year record of growth will show, my conduct of my official duties as chairman has only helped enhance the success of the corporation, and so benefited every stockholder.

Which of the following can be properly inferred from the excerpt?

(A) The chairman believes that all those who have demanded his resignation are motivated by desire to control the corporation for their own purposes. There is a possibility that some of the people that demanded the chairman's resignation might have no interest in obtaining control of the corporation. If all was replaced by some then the answer would be correct. In inference questions, I recommend avoiding answer choices that contain "all", "most", etc
(B) Any misdeeds that the chairman may have committed were motivated by his desire to enhance the success of the corporation. chairman never mentions that he did anything wrong
(C) The chairman is innocent of any criminal offense. passage never mentions that the chairman is innocent
(D) The corporation has expanded steadily over the past six years. came from passage, correct answer
(E) Any legal proceedings against the chairman have resulted in his acquittal. we don't know if this has happened yet

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A and D are clearly stated in the passage , hence cannot be inferred. This leaves us with only option B. If the rule of elimination were to be followed, B is the best choice.
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A seems extreme to me. Only D can be inferred.
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Does acquittal mean "not proven guilty" in this case.Should it not be E then?I'm confused :(
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Below is an excerpt from a letter that was sent by the chairman of a corporation to the stockholders.

A number of charges have been raised against me, some serious, some trivial. Individuals seeking to control the corporation for their own purposes have demanded my resignation. Remember that no court of law in any state has found me guilty of any criminal offense whatsoever. In the American tradition, as you know, an individual is considered innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, as the corporation’s unbroken six-year record of growth will show, my conduct of my official duties as chairman has only helped enhance the success of the corporation, and so benefited every stockholder.

Which of the following can be properly inferred from the excerpt?

(A) The chairman believes that all those who have demanded his resignation are motivated by desire to control the corporation for their own purposes.
(B) Any misdeeds that the chairman may have committed were motivated by his desire to enhance the success of the corporation.
(C) The chairman is innocent of any criminal offense.
(D) The corporation has expanded steadily over the past six years.
(E) Any legal proceedings against the chairman have resulted in his acquittal.

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Use of "all" makes choice A incorrect.Correct answer is D
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I went with (A), because the causal relationship A->B and B->A, in this case, seems to work both ways.

Additionally, one thing worried me about (D), namely that in the question stem they use FUTURE tense "will" when talking about the six years' unbroken growth of the company. Talking about the future, questions the validity of the statement. What's your take on that?

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Unfortunately, the questions which generate the most discussion are often the questions least worth studying. Some questions generate discussion because they don't really have any good answer.

I gather D is the 'OA' here, but for D to be right, you have to think that "steady" means something different from what it really means ('unbroken' and 'steady' are not even close to being synonyms), and that "growth" and "expansion" mean the same thing (they don't). So D just is not a good answer here.

I think you can read the stem a certain way that makes A seem true, but if this were a real GMAT question (which it's not) then the use of 'all' in A would be problematic.

The bigger problem with both A and D is that neither is any kind of inference. They just restate information in the stem.

E might be right, depending on what you think they mean by 'legal proceedings' and 'acquittal'. The stem tells us "no court of law ... has found me guilty of any criminal offense", but there are legal proceedings that are not criminal, and other outcomes of legal proceedings besides a guilty finding and an acquittal.

B finds no support at all in the passage.

C is the most interesting option, because the stem itself redefines the meaning of the word "innocent": "an individual is considered innocent until proven guilty". That is not what "innocent" actually means, but if we forget the real meaning of the word, and accept that as the definition of "innocent", then C is right, and it has the added benefit of being a genuine inference.
No real GMAT question will ever invent a new definition for a common word and ask you to draw an inference on the basis of that definition, so this is also a very strange answer.

That's a long way of saying: this is a question with no good answer, so is not worth reviewing in any detail.
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IMO, D !
so the confusion is between A and D for most people.
An inference answer 'must be true'.
Notice the word 'all' in option a. That is too strong a word. maybe some people with the mentioned motive were there..but not all.
hence D.
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