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Brochure: Help conserve our city's water supply. By converting the landscaping in your yard to a water-conserving landscape, you can greatly reduce your outdoor water use. A water-conserving landscape is natural and attractive, and it also saves you money.

Criticism: For most people with yards, the savings from converting to a water-conserving landscape cannot justify the expense of new landscaping, since typically the conversion would save less than twenty dollars on a homeowner's yearly water bills.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best basis for a rebuttal of the criticism?

A. Even homeowners whose yards do not have water-conserving landscapes can conserve water by installing water-saving devices in their homes.
B. A conventional landscape generally requires a much greater expenditure on fertilizer and herbicide than does a water-conserving landscape.
C. A significant proportion of the residents of the city live in buildings that do not have yards.
D. It costs no more to put in water-conserving landscaping than it does to put in conventional landscaping.
E. Some homeowners use more water to maintain their yards than they use for all other purposes combined.

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08 Nov 2012, 04:48
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Here we go....

Brochure is saying: Convert your garden & save money
Critique: Whilst you will save money on waterbills. The amount saved will be far less than the amount spent on the conversion.

So - we need to look for some discussion on the benefits,and relative costs

A. Even homeowners whose yards do not have water-conserving landscapes can conserve water by installing water-saving devices in their homes. No - this doesn't work. The criticism needs to be overcome by taking on the cost challenge - this does not mention it
B. A conventional landscape generally requires a much greater expenditure on fertilizer and herbicide than does a water-conserving landscape. Looks good. It provides extra financial benefits for changing the garden over. This is exactly what we need
C. A significant proportion of the residents of the city live in buildings that do not have yards. Nope. No reference to the cost/benefits of the procedure
D. It costs no more to put in water-conserving landscaping than it does to put in conventional landscaping. Nope. This is no good, as it does not talk about the cost/benefit of a conversion. The cost of a traditional landscape is not relevant here.
E. Some homeowners use more water to maintain their yards than they use for all other purposes combined. Nope. Not interested in the amount of water people use all over their house. Question is does it save them money to convert.
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Brochure: Water-Conserving Landscape saves you money.
Criticism: Conversion cannot justify the expenses of converting to new landscape. Savings on Water bills as support.

A. Even homeowners whose yards do not have water-conserving landscapes can conserve water by installing water-saving devices in their homes.
Strengthens the Criticism's argument. OUT!

B. A conventional landscape generally requires a much greater expenditure on fertilizer and herbicide than does a water-conserving landscape.
Conventional landscape has greater expenditure on other factors than water.. Weakens the Criticism's argument...

C. A significant proportion of the residents of the city live in buildings that do not have yards.
We are just concerned on those who will convert from conventional to new landscape... NEUTRAL... OUT!

D. It costs no more to put in water-conserving landscaping than it does to put in conventional landscaping.
Strengthens the Criticism's argument... OUT!

E. Some homeowners use more water to maintain their yards than they use for all other purposes combined.
Some could refer to just 1... This is showing that savings could be substantial for this portion of homeowners.. BUT B is better...

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16 May 2015, 02:01
After reading this thread I came to know the importance water supply. If we follow these ideas definitely we can help many cities from water problem.
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30 May 2015, 11:39
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Brochure: Water-Conserving Landscape saves you money.
Criticism: Conversion cannot justify the expenses of converting to new landscape. Savings on Water bills as support.

A. Even homeowners whose yards do not have water-conserving landscapes can conserve water by installing water-saving devices in their homes.
Strengthens the Criticism's argument. OUT!

B. A conventional landscape generally requires a much greater expenditure on fertilizer and herbicide than does a water-conserving landscape.
Conventional landscape has greater expenditure on other factors than water.. Weakens the Criticism's argument...

C. A significant proportion of the residents of the city live in buildings that do not have yards.
We are just concerned on those who will convert from conventional to new landscape... NEUTRAL... OUT!

D. It costs no more to put in water-conserving landscaping than it does to put in conventional landscaping.
Strengthens the Criticism's argument... OUT!

E. Some homeowners use more water to maintain their yards than they use for all other purposes combined.
Some could refer to just 1... This is showing that savings could be substantial for this portion of homeowners.. BUT B is better...

just a clarification with all due respect;
option E i think doesnt come into picture. Reason being, its not just the savings that we are concerned about, its the saving FROM THE CONVERSION thats to be taken into consideration. converting into water conserving landscaping will save money is what we need to look for, not just the savings. we are to rebut the claim, not the monetary part. had it been just the monetary part and option B weren't there, probably E would have been the right answer since you use more money, setup a water conserving landscape, it'll save you money.

Give it a thought though, im pretty sure you considered this fact.
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01 Jun 2015, 23:27
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Critic's Conclusion - savings from converting to a water-conserving landscape cannot justify the expense of new landscaping
Premise - the conversion would save less than twenty dollars on a homeowner's yearly water bills
The conversion only saves a little on the water bills but what if the new landscaping saves more elsewhere such as giving more benefits to users to justify cost, lower maintenance costs and other things

B says it will lower maintenance cost - thus this is the answer
D - the new landscaping cost is same as the old version but the point is replacing the old one would cost some money and y should people replace
E - This out of scope as it doesn't qualify either the benefits of the new landscaping or the cost
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