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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.
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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.

IMO B, my reasoning as below:
a. this statement is not concerned with the overall cost of the post office: irrelevant to the argument.
c. bus route expansion does not affect the cost of post office construction--->the argument is unaffected.
d. may be operational cost of the post office will increase, but construction cost will not be affected-->not relevant to the argument.
e. well dont have wording to express that this argument is irrelevant to the argument.

b. it shows that the cost of construction will increase at outskirts ... this is correct option and this weakens the argument.
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The option which states that the construction costs will increase at the city outskirts will weaken the conclusion. Hence, B !
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13 May 2010, 10:34
RaviChandra wrote:
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.>>> Does it affects the finances to construct the post office outside the city.We don't know..
(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 >>> Need more land >>> Need more money...!!!
(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.>>> Does it affects the finances to construct the post office outside the city...NO
(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. >>> Does it affects the finances to construct the post office outside the city....NO
(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. >>> Doesn't comment on the financial implication in making the Post Office outside/inside the town...NO

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13 May 2010, 12:08
this was not hard CR...dont why I picked (D).....

should be (B)
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13 May 2010, 16:51
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Yup Every one is correct the OA is B, But i have a small doubt

if we refer the stem
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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded

ok three choice

1)Remain in the old post office building
2)build a new one in the City
3)build a new one in the outskirts

1)Remain in the old post office (is not possible because it really requires a bigger one(stated above)
this says the post office should surely be made a bigger one....(main criteria)....

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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

it clearly states that the land is a significant part of total expenditure.

so building in the City costs 1000Rs
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building in the outskirts costs 250Rs..

and since its stated acquiring land costs the majority of the expenditure----parking lot cant cost more than 250 (majority more than 50%)

so building a PO(along with parking lot) cant cost more than 500,which is cheaper than building in the city....

and option B says
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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...

Option b never mentioned the cost Parking lot (it may be too costly or need not be). there is a possibility that building PO(outskirts)+parking lot may be cheaper than building PO in the city alone

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agreed with Ravi, guys give this a thought and come up with an explanation.
ravi, what is the source of this question?
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16 May 2010, 05:48
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Yup Every one is correct the OA is B, But i have a small doubt

if we refer the stem
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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded

ok three choice

1)Remain in the old post office building
2)build a new one in the City
3)build a new one in the outskirts

1)Remain in the old post office (is not possible because it really requires a bigger one(stated above)
this says the post office should surely be made a bigger one....(main criteria)....

Quote:
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

it clearly states that the land is a significant part of total expenditure.

so building in the City costs 1000Rs
&
building in the outskirts costs 250Rs..

and since its stated acquiring land costs the majority of the expenditure----parking lot cant cost more than 250 (majority more than 50%)

so building a PO(along with parking lot) cant cost more than 500,which is cheaper than building in the city....

and option B says
Quote:
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...

Option b never mentioned the cost Parking lot (it may be too costly or need not be). there is a possibility that building PO(outskirts)+parking lot may be cheaper than building PO in the city alone

IMO, significant part of the cost doesn't mean more than the total cost of the other option..>>> Refer to BLUE part above..!!
"Significant part" and "majority" are two different things

Also, given the options....B is best of the lot, No other option talks about the monetary aspects..!!

What do you suggest should be the answer..??
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IMO, significant part of the cost doesn't mean more than the total cost of the other option..>>> Refer to BLUE part above..!!
"Significant part" and "majority" are two different things

Also, given the options....B is best of the lot, No other option talks about the monetary aspects..!!

What do you suggest should be the answer..??

Even though this option is best of the lot i wasnt happy with this thats all.
Thanku for the explanation
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nverma wrote:
IMO, significant part of the cost doesn't mean more than the total cost of the other option..>>> Refer to BLUE part above..!!
"Significant part" and "majority" are two different things

Also, given the options....B is best of the lot, No other option talks about the monetary aspects..!!

What do you suggest should be the answer..??

Even though this option is best of the lot i wasnt happy with this thats all.
Thanku for the explanation

Ravi, I had the same doubt after seeing the OA and the following explanation helped me:
"d. may be operational cost of the post office will increase, but construction cost will not be affected-->not relevant to the argument."

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03 Oct 2010, 10:42
B for me. The option which increase the Construction cost in case its built in the outskirts of the city would be the answer.
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09 Oct 2010, 09:09
straight B
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09 Oct 2010, 22:56
B for me.
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11 Oct 2010, 09:46
+1 B
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14 Oct 2010, 20:14
why can not be D?
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15 Oct 2010, 08:57
if we take the question easy, just B will stand out.
scope: cost of construction of post office.
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15 Oct 2010, 09:30
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why can not be D?

I would vote for D.

They need bigeer office, probably a lot of people are visiting it (what may be other reasons? - increased operations?- nope). They will constrcut a new office with a hope to house all customers.
in В If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes (I read it as relevant po services), with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes. - this means that people would come to the post office less and use post office boxes less.
Thus, there is a bad idea to build a new office.
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10 Oct 2013, 10:34
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vitamingmat wrote:
why can not be D?

I would vote for D.

They need bigeer office, probably a lot of people are visiting it (what may be other reasons? - increased operations?- nope). They will constrcut a new office with a hope to house all customers.
in В If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes (I read it as relevant po services), with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes. - this means that people would come to the post office less and use post office boxes less.
Thus, there is a bad idea to build a new office.

for the same reason I chose D ... What is the OA?
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