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City Official: At City Hospital, uninsured patients tend to have shorter stays and fewer procedures performed than do insured patients, even though insured patients, on average, have slightly less serious medical problems at the time of admission to the hospital than uninsured patients have. Critics of the hospital have concluded that the uninsured patients are mot receiving proper medical care. However, this conclusion is almost certainly false. Careful investigation has recently shown two things: insured patients have much longer stays in the hospital than necessary, and they tend to have more procedures performed than are medically necessary.
In the city official’s argument, the two boldface portions play which of the following roles?
A. The first states the conclusion of the city official’s argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.
B. The first is used to support the conclusion of the city official’s argument; the second states that conclusion.
C. The first was used to support the conclusion drawn by hospital critics; the second states the position that the city official’s argument opposes.
D. The first was used to support the conclusion drawn by hospital critics; the second provides support for the conclusion of the city official’s argument.
E. The first states the position that the city official’s argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the city official’s argument.
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Re: CR: City Official ? [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 09:48
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Where are two boldface portions of the passage? :)
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Re: CR: City Official ? [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 11:02
E. The first states the position that the city official’s argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the city official’s argument.

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Re: CR: City Official ? [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 12:51
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Re: CR: City Official ? [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2008, 01:00
Main City Officials Conclusion: This conclusion is almost certainly false.
Boldface1 role: Opposes the City Official’s Conclusion.
Boldface2 role : Itself City Official’s Conclusion.


In the city official’s argument, the two boldface portions play which of the following roles?
A. The first states the conclusion of the city official’s argument; the second provides support for that conclusion. [First is not City Official’s Conclusion – Eliminate it]

B. The first is used to support the conclusion of the city official’s argument; the second states that conclusion. [First opposes the City Official’s Conclusion – Eliminate it]

C. The first was used to support the conclusion drawn by hospital critics; the second states the position that the city official’s argument opposes. [Second states the City Official’s Conclusion – Eliminate it]

D. The first was used to support the conclusion drawn by hospital critics; the second provides support for the conclusion of the city official’s argument. [Second is City Official’s Conclusion – Eliminate it]

E. The first states the position that the city official’s argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the city official’s argument. [Yes. First Opposes City Official’s argument and second itself City Official’s Conclusion – Hold it]

Answer: E
Re: CR: City Official ?   [#permalink] 06 Feb 2008, 01:00
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