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Delta products, Inc., has recently switched at least partly from older technologies using fossil fuels to new technologies powered by electricity. The question has been raised whether it can be concluded that for a given level of output, Deltaâ€™s operation now causes less fossil fuel to be consumed than it did formerly. The answer, clearly, is yes, since the amount of fossil fuel used to generate the electricity needed to power the new technologies is less than the amount needed to power the older technologies, provided that the level of output is held constant.

In the argument given, the two boldface portions play which of the following roles?

A. The first identifies the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.
B. The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument; the second identifies the content of that conclusion.
C. The first states the position that the argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument.
D. Each provides evidence that calls the conclusion of the argument into question.
E. Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument.

OA: E

I answered A.
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12 Apr 2007, 20:33
E.

Premise 1
Delta products, Inc., has recently switched at least partly from older technologies using fossil fuels to new technologies powered by electricity.

Consideration : Whether it can be concluded ? that for a given level of output, Deltaâ€™s operation now causes less fossil fuel to be consumed than it did formerly

Conclusion: The answer, Clearly, is yes i.e. For a given level of output, Deltaâ€™s operation now causes less fossil fuel to be consumed than it did formerly

Explanation: Keyword 'Since' The amount of fossil fuel used to generate the electricity needed to power the new technologies is less than the amount needed to power the older technologies, provided that the level of output is held constant.

Conclusion rests on premise of the argument and the explanation offered to support it.

With that said lets look at the options.

A. The first identifies the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.

---No content identified .

B. The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument; the second identifies the content of that conclusion.

--- Support provided but no content identified

C. The first states the position that the argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument.

---Irrelevant

D. Each provides evidence that calls the conclusion of the argument into question.

--- Irrelevant

E. Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument. Yes !
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13 Apr 2007, 11:01
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E.

Premise 1
Delta products, Inc., has recently switched at least partly from older technologies using fossil fuels to new technologies powered by electricity.

Consideration : Whether it can be concluded ? that for a given level of output, Deltaâ€™s operation now causes less fossil fuel to be consumed than it did formerly

Conclusion: The answer, Clearly, is yes i.e. For a given level of output, Deltaâ€™s operation now causes less fossil fuel to be consumed than it did formerly

Explanation: Keyword 'Since' The amount of fossil fuel used to generate the electricity needed to power the new technologies is less than the amount needed to power the older technologies, provided that the level of output is held constant.

Conclusion rests on premise of the argument and the explanation offered to support it.

With that said lets look at the options.

A. The first identifies the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.

---No content identified .

B. The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument; the second identifies the content of that conclusion.

--- Support provided but no content identified

C. The first states the position that the argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument.

---Irrelevant

D. Each provides evidence that calls the conclusion of the argument into question.

--- Irrelevant

E. Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument. Yes !

Perfect explanation...Its E no doubt.
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13 Apr 2007, 16:01
ricokevin wrote:
Delta products, Inc., has recently switched at least partly from older technologies using fossil fuels to new technologies powered by electricity. The question has been raised whether it can be concluded that for a given level of output, Deltaâ€™s operation now causes less fossil fuel to be consumed than it did formerly. The answer, clearly, is yes, since the amount of fossil fuel used to generate the electricity needed to power the new technologies is less than the amount needed to power the older technologies, provided that the level of output is held constant.

In the argument given, the two boldface portions play which of the following roles?

A. The first identifies the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.
B. The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument; the second identifies the content of that conclusion.
C. The first states the position that the argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument.
D. Each provides evidence that calls the conclusion of the argument into question.
E. Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument.

OA: E

I answered A. :(

E

The second one provides support. This means only A and E can be correct answers. Now if you read carefully then you will realize that first bold section is NOT the conclusion itself. This eliminates A. Hence E is the answer
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14 Apr 2007, 06:30
Thanks

Had to decide between A and E. Got wrong again on a 50:50 thing.

I hate it when this happens.

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14 Apr 2007, 10:17
ricokevin wrote:
Delta products, Inc., has recently switched at least partly from older technologies using fossil fuels to new technologies powered by electricity. The question has been raised whether it can be concluded that for a given level of output, Deltaâ€™s operation now causes less fossil fuel to be consumed than it did formerly. The answer, clearly, is yes, since the amount of fossil fuel used to generate the electricity needed to power the new technologies is less than the amount needed to power the older technologies, provided that the level of output is held constant.

In the argument given, the two boldface portions play which of the following roles?

A. The first identifies the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.
B. The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument; the second identifies the content of that conclusion.
C. The first states the position that the argument opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument.
D. Each provides evidence that calls the conclusion of the argument into question.
E. Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument.

OA: E

I answered A.

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