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# Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this

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Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this [#permalink]  12 May 2011, 07:25
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Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this state, that lawyers who advertise a specific service
charge less for that service than lawyers who do not advertise. It is also true that each time restrictions on the
advertising of legal services have been eliminated, the number of lawyers advertising their services has
increased and legal costs to consumers have declined in consequence.
However, eliminating the state
requirement that legal advertisements must specify fees for specific services would almost certainly increase
rather than further reduce consumer’s legal costs. Lawyers would no longer have an incentive to lower their fees
when they begin advertising and if no longer required to specify fee arrangements, many lawyers who now

In the consumer advocate’s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
(A) The first is a generalization that the consumer advocate accepts as true; the second is presented as a
consequence that follows from the truth of that generalization.
(B) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate argues will be repeated in the case at
issue; the second acknowledges a circumstance in which that pattern would not hold.
(C) The first is pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate predicts will not hold in the case at issue;
the second offers a consideration in support of that prediction.
(D) The first is evidence that the consumer advocate offers in support of a certain prediction; the second is that
prediction.
(E) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the main position that the consumer advocate
defends; the second is that position.

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Re: OG 10 [#permalink]  12 May 2011, 23:27
Its a clean C.

1st statement is a cause and effect statement.
2nd gives a reasoning for the conclusion drawn by the advocate.

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Re: OG 10 [#permalink]  12 May 2011, 23:30
i managed this in 1:45 min, need to do something about the questions in which the stimulus is lengthy,

will post the oa after some more discussion
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Re: OG 10 [#permalink]  02 Sep 2011, 06:50
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C in little more 2 minutes but this kind of CR are time consuming, the stimulus is long.........is fairly good.

This kind of question , however, will appear only if someone doing very well, I guess ..)
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Re: Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this [#permalink]  29 Mar 2013, 12:47
garimavyas wrote:
Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this state, that lawyers who advertise a specific service
charge less for that service than lawyers who do not advertise. It is also true that each time restrictions on the
advertising of legal services have been eliminated, the number of lawyers advertising their services has
increased and legal costs to consumers have declined in consequence.
However, eliminating the state
requirement that legal advertisements must specify fees for specific services would almost certainly increase
rather than further reduce consumer’s legal costs. Lawyers would no longer have an incentive to lower their fees
when they begin advertising and if no longer required to specify fee arrangements, many lawyers who now

In the consumer advocate’s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
(A) The first is a generalization that the consumer advocate accepts as true; the second is presented as a
consequence that follows from the truth of that generalization.
(B) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate argues will be repeated in the case at
issue; the second acknowledges a circumstance in which that pattern would not hold.
(C) The first is pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate predicts will not hold in the case at issue;
the second offers a consideration in support of that prediction.
(D) The first is evidence that the consumer advocate offers in support of a certain prediction; the second is that
prediction.
(E) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the main position that the consumer advocate
defends; the second is that position.

Hi
it took long time to answer .I took 3.03 mints to answer.In real exam how to handle this type of long argument?I think its C.plz explain the answer in details indicating every part of the argument like premises,counter premises..........
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Re: Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this [#permalink]  29 Mar 2013, 15:32
C in 2:34. What is the average time we should try to answer esch CR question if we aim for Verbal score above 40 ?
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Re: Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this [#permalink]  30 Mar 2013, 09:05
I chose E, which is obviously wrong but I would like to know why C is the correct answer.
Also what does Main Position actually mean and what is the conclusion of the argument?
And in these type of questions where the conclusion is not clear-cut, what is the best approach to identify it?
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Re: Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this [#permalink]  14 Jan 2014, 07:43
mahendru1992 wrote:
I chose E, which is obviously wrong but I would like to know why C is the correct answer.
Also what does Main Position actually mean and what is the conclusion of the argument?
And in these type of questions where the conclusion is not clear-cut, what is the best approach to identify it?
Thanks

Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this state, that lawyers who advertise a specific service
charge less for that service than lawyers who do not advertise. It is also true that each time restrictions on the
advertising of legal services have been eliminated, the number of lawyers advertising their services has
increased and legal costs to consumers have declined in consequence. However, eliminating the state
requirement that legal advertisements must specify fees for specific services would almost certainly increase
rather than further reduce consumer’s legal costs. Lawyers would no longer have an incentive to lower their fees
when they begin advertising and if no longer required to specify fee arrangements, many lawyers who now

The conclusion represents the main thought of the author, indicators may help, but once you reach the end of the argument you should already have a clear idea about the author's position. That idea is the main point and the author's conclusion.

- General statemet
B1 - Adds more to the general statement
- Argues against boldface B1 (main idea of the passage)
B2 - supports the main idea

Additionally: B1 and B2 follow an opposite direction. Since B2 supports the main point and the main point argues against B1.

In the consumer advocate’s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first is a generalization that the consumer advocate accepts as true; the second is presented as a
consequence that follows from the truth of that generalization.
B1 and B2 follow an opposite direction. wrong
(B) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate argues will be repeated in the case at
issue; the second acknowledges a circumstance in which that pattern would not hold.
the second supports the main point. wrong
(C) The first is pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate predicts will not hold in the case at issue;
the second offers a consideration in support of that prediction.
Looks good, "prediction" is out main point, B2 supports the main point. B1 is indeed a pattern of cause and effect that won't hold true.
(D) The first is evidence that the consumer advocate offers in support of a certain prediction; the second is that
prediction.
B1 and B2 take a different direction. wrong
(E) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the main position that the consumer advocate
defends; the second is that position.
The second supports the main position, it is not the main position itself. wrong

P.S. Timing is important but don't get stressed too much, Boldface are hard questions especially for non-natives like me. Figure out an approach that leads you to the correct answer and be consistent with it.
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Re: Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this [#permalink]  14 Jan 2014, 09:16
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The trick is to understand the economy of the stimulus. How it is organized and how the parts before in between and after the bold phrase is unfolded.

If you do this, then the answer is pretty straighforward (almost always)

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