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Brownlea s post office must be replaced with a larger one.

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Re: Brownlea s post office must be replaced with a larger one. [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2013, 05:21
Hi Roopika,

Let me see if I can help.

Here is the conclusion, with key words highlighted.

the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

We are only talking about BUILDING costs here - we need to find something that shows that building in might be cheaper.

As D talks about operating costs, whilst they might be of interest to the overall analysis, they are not relevant to the question of building costs.

A good example of the need to read the question very carefully.

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Re: Brownlea s post office must be replaced with a larger one. [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2013, 02:59
We need something that weakens the conclusion which says that the post office could be built more cheaply because it would be located in the outskirts of town.
Option D does not state how construction costs could be weakened if people used post offices less and if carriers would have to deliver more mails to home. At most the option D could mean that costs would rise for the post office, but that does not affect the cost of building the post office on the outskirts. Option D, simply, does not affect the conclusion which is most important for strengthen and weaken questions.
Btw this is an LSAT question so I don't think that there is an issue with the quality of the question.
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Re: Brownlea s post office must be replaced with a larger one. [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 08:27
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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost, the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.


I picked D as well...Would anyone clarify what's the OA please?
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Re: Brownlea s post office must be replaced with a larger one. [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 08:30
Hi,

Option B is the OA. Explanations are given in above posts!! :)
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Re: Brownleas post office [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 15:59
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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost, the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.


I picked D as well...Would anyone clarify what's the OA please?
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Hello J.

I'm glad to help.

Probably, you missed the conclusion a bit. So D is quite attractive answer, but D is wrong. OA is B.

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact: Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Fact: Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town.
Fact: Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost,
Conclusion: the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Determining conclusion correctly is KEY. The conclusion only focuses on CONSTRUCTION COST. The conclusion does NOT address future revenues or something like that.


ANALYZE EACH ANSWER:

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
Wrong. Out of scope. Nothing about building code.

(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
Correct. Total Construction cost = Acquiring site cost + Building parking lot cost.
The cost to build a parking may affect the conclusion negatively. Thus, B is correct answer.

(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
Wrong. Expanding city bus routes is NOT the cost of building a post office.

(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
Wrong. SHELL GAME. D talks about the future revenue of the post office. But the future revenue does not affect anything to total building cost. Decreasing revenue and cheap building cost are two different categories. Keep in mind, The conclusion does not ask you to evaluate the plan of building a post office benefit or not. It only addresses the INITIAL cost – COST of building a post office. That's it.

(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.
Wrong. Out of scope. Nothing about disruption to city traffic.

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