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Exports of United States wood pulp will rise considerably during this year. The reason for the rise is that the falling value of the dollar will make it cheaper for paper manufacturers in Japan and Western Europe to buy American wood pulp than to get it from any other source

Which of the following is an assumption made in drawing the conclusion above?

(A) Factory output of paper products in Japan and Western Europe will increase sharply during this year.

(B) The quality of the wood pulp produced in the United States would be adequate for the purposes of Japanese and Western European paper manufacturers.

(C) Paper manufacturers in Japan and Western Europe would prefer to use wood pulp produced in the United States if cost were not a factor.

(D) Demand for paper products made in Japan and Western Europe will not increase sharply during this year.

(E) Production of wood pulp by United States companies will not increase sharply during this year.

Source : - http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-critica ... xport.html

I want to ask what is wrong with option C.

what is ur opinion on this
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 02:32
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what is wrong with option C.

what is ur opinion on thi


1. C somewhat strenthens the argument, but not strong enough.
2. C says something repeating in the argument, so not candidate for Assumption.
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 03:02
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vdhawan1 wrote:
what is wrong with option C.

what is ur opinion on thi


1. C somewhat strenthens the argument, but not strong enough.
2. C says something repeating in the argument, so not candidate for Assumption.
3.



I am sorry but i dont understand

can u explain further and tell me what is u r pick for this question

and can we have more opinions on this one
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 10:51
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My answer is B

(A) Factory output of paper products in Japan and Western Europe will increase sharply during this year. - Not an assumption required to make the conclusion that exports from US will rise because even if the output remains constant, the shift from other sources to US will increase US exports.

(B) The quality of the wood pulp produced in the United States would be adequate for the purposes of Japanese and Western European paper manufacturers.

(C) Paper manufacturers in Japan and Western Europe would prefer to use wood pulp produced in the United States if cost were not a factor. - No mention of quality and even if this were true, it doesnt help in the conclusion, because the stem tells us to look only at cost as the sole reason for choice of export source

(D) Demand for paper products made in Japan and Western Europe will not increase sharply during this year. - If demand remains constant - US exports will rise. If demand decreases - US exports will fall as well. Conflicting assumption does not help.

(E) Production of wood pulp by United States companies will not increase sharply during this year. - Production of wood pulp has no bearing on this. Out of context. And even if production is increased that will only further drop down the cost, making the exports higher.
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 11:25
the answer is definitely B. Because of falling dollar US producers can become cost leaders. As long as their quality is adequate, US producers will have competitive advantage.
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 11:39
It is B.
If the quality of pulp in USA is good enough to compete, exchange rate will work in its favour.

C is ruled out, cost is a factor here.
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 12:14
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There is nothing wrong with the cost as a factor; however, C is still wrong.

C simply goes unnecessary far, since this claim is stronger than what the argument really assumes. C states that other countries would prefer wood pulp from the USA. However, even if the WE and Japan have equal preference for pulp from USA and for that from the other sources, the argument would still be true. So, C is too strong for an assumption.

Oh, and yes, I think that the answer is B.
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 12:32
Conclusion: Exports of United States wood pulp will rise considerably during this year.

Premise: Falling value of the dollar will make it cheaper for paper manufacturers in Japan and Western Europe to buy American wood pulp than to get it from any other source

Assumption: either supports/strengthens the conclusion or
Supports the premise

(A) Factory output of paper products in Japan and Western Europe will increase sharply during this year. [Out of scope – eliminate it]

(B) The quality of the wood pulp produced in the United States would be adequate for the purposes of Japanese and Western European paper manufacturers. [

(C) Paper manufacturers in Japan and Western Europe would prefer to use wood pulp produced in the United States if cost were not a factor. [ Tone change - would prefer is not appropriate – argument premise clearly mentions will make it – eliminate it]

(D) Demand for paper products made in Japan and Western Europe will not increase sharply during this year. [ out of scope]

(E) Production of wood pulp by United States companies will not increase sharply during this year. [ not discussed]

Answer: B
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 14:46
Straight B

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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 18:29
vdhawan1 wrote:
sondenso wrote:
vdhawan1 wrote:
what is wrong with option C.

what is ur opinion on thi


1. C somewhat strenthens the argument, but not strong enough.
2. C says something repeating in the argument, so not candidate for Assumption.
3.



I am sorry but i dont understand

can u explain further and tell me what is u r pick for this question

and can we have more opinions on this one


It is late, but I think everybody here already give you a thorough opinion on this one! :lol:
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Re: CR Question [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 18:36
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