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04 Oct 2013, 07:09
i thought it to be a clear C

why can't it be C?
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i thought it to be a clear C

why can't it be C?

Note that the conclusion says "Federal legislation that prohibits the sale of video games to minors would help curb this painful wrist condition among adolescents"

The conclusion says that it will help control the occurrence of carpal tunnel. It doesn't say that it will eradicate the condition. If a problem can happen in 3 ways and if you take care of one, you can certainly HELP CURB the problem. It may not eradicate the problem completely but it can definitely help reduce the occurence.
So we don't need to assume that carpal tunnel doesn't happen any other way to make our conclusion true. Therefore, C is not correct.

Take another example:

Me: I get frequent heartburns.
You: Avoid cooking fried foods at home. That would help control the problem.

Your opinion is that if fried food are not cooked at home, the heartburn problem will be controlled. What are you assuming? That I will not go outside/order in fried foods on a regular basis. You are not assuming that there is no other way in which I could get heartburn. Smoking, eating large meals etc can also cause heartburn. But you are addressing one cause, perhaps the main one - we don't know - and you are saying that taking care of this cause will help control the problem. That is perfectly valid, isn't it? You don't need to assume that other causes are not there.
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Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199 Veritas Prep Reviews Manager Joined: 15 Apr 2013 Posts: 61 Concentration: Human Resources, International Business GMAT 1: 570 Q44 V25 GPA: 3 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 43 Re: Doctor: Research shows that adolescents who play video games [#permalink] ### Show Tags 05 Oct 2013, 04:53 Thanks a lot!! Manager Joined: 20 Oct 2013 Posts: 78 Location: United States Concentration: General Management, Real Estate Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 15 Re: Doctor: Research shows that adolescents who play video games [#permalink] ### Show Tags 05 Dec 2013, 06:14 A) The conclu is about the legislation's effect, not how it could be supported by legislators. B) Negate the stat: all who play games regularly suffer from the syndrome: doesn't attack the conclu's validity => not an assumption C) No need to be the only way: if playing games is among the major causes of the syndrome, the doctor's conclu is significant D) Correct: prohibiting the sales to minors doesn't mean the minors wouldn't have games to play, because their parents might buy for them. Choice d eliminates this possibility. E) Out of scope: other aspects of playing games such as its beneficial effects are irrelevant. Choose D Senior Manager Joined: 15 Aug 2013 Posts: 328 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 53 [0], given: 23 Re: Doctor: Research shows that adolescents who play video games [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 May 2014, 16:21 VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: KanupriyaS wrote: i thought it to be a clear C why can't it be C? Note that the conclusion says "Federal legislation that prohibits the sale of video games to minors would help curb this painful wrist condition among adolescents" The conclusion says that it will help control the occurrence of carpal tunnel. It doesn't say that it will eradicate the condition. If a problem can happen in 3 ways and if you take care of one, you can certainly HELP CURB the problem. It may not eradicate the problem completely but it can definitely help reduce the occurence. So we don't need to assume that carpal tunnel doesn't happen any other way to make our conclusion true. Therefore, C is not correct. Take another example: Me: I get frequent heartburns. You: Avoid cooking fried foods at home. That would help control the problem. Your opinion is that if fried food are not cooked at home, the heartburn problem will be controlled. What are you assuming? That I will not go outside/order in fried foods on a regular basis. You are not assuming that there is no other way in which I could get heartburn. Smoking, eating large meals etc can also cause heartburn. But you are addressing one cause, perhaps the main one - we don't know - and you are saying that taking care of this cause will help control the problem. That is perfectly valid, isn't it? You don't need to assume that other causes are not there. Hi Karishma, To echo the question - the Powerscore CR Bible states that for assumption questions -- the author assumes that the assumption is the ONLY way something happens. So doesn't C tackle that direct statement? Doesn't C basically cut the statement's feet before anything can be inferred? Thanks! Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 7125 Location: Pune, India Followers: 2138 Kudos [?]: 13691 [0], given: 222 Re: Doctor: Research shows that adolescents who play video games [#permalink] ### Show Tags 14 May 2014, 00:47 russ9 wrote: Hi Karishma, To echo the question - the Powerscore CR Bible states that for assumption questions -- the author assumes that the assumption is the ONLY way something happens. So doesn't C tackle that direct statement? Doesn't C basically cut the statement's feet before anything can be inferred? Thanks! I am not sure what your doubt is exactly but (C) is not correct because we don't need to assume that there is no other way in which someone could get carpal tunnel. As I said before - the conclusion clearly states "help curb". It does not say "eliminate". So if we are addressing one cause, it certainly helps curb. _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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04 Jul 2014, 08:32
Still another doubt with D , please explain this..

Lets Negate D

Most parents would NOT refuse to purchase video games for their adolescent children.

What if I go with this thinking ....

Even if parents would NOT refuse to purchase video games and infact buy the video games for their child , Still there are chances that adolescent themself or their siblings might stop the adolescent to play video game hearing the ban.

Now though D is negated still conclusion does not breaks apart. ie Federal legislation that prohibits the sale of video games is still helping minors to curb this painful wrist condition among adolescents.
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05 Jul 2014, 22:07
The point to note is Federal Legislation cubing the sale of video games to "MINORS" would solve the problem .. So they r assuming if sale to minors is prohibited then majors also will not go and buy. Hence the minors will not have a chance to use majors to buy the vid games and play them . thereby reducing the prob of carpel syndrome.

Hope this clears the air of doubt surrounding the answer choices
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06 Jul 2014, 20:35
naval.sheth@gmail.com wrote:
Still another doubt with D , please explain this..

Lets Negate D

Most parents would NOT refuse to purchase video games for their adolescent children.

What if I go with this thinking ....

Even if parents would NOT refuse to purchase video games and infact buy the video games for their child , Still there are chances that adolescent themself or their siblings might stop the adolescent to play video game hearing the ban.

Now though D is negated still conclusion does not breaks apart. ie Federal legislation that prohibits the sale of video games is still helping minors to curb this painful wrist condition among adolescents.

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the conclusion is that the federal legislation can prohibit the sale to minors. The assumption is that if the federal legislation prohibits the parents will refuse to purchase.
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28 Oct 2014, 23:24
As the author says that adolescents who play video games on a regular basis are three times as likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome as are adolescents who do not play video games. Which means that it is not necessary that all adolescents who play video games develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
Sure shot OA is B.
D is out of context in relation to the stimulus.
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16 Jan 2015, 07:01
Initially, I also selected C. But after a second thought, D makes more sense for following reason:

The legislation does not care in which other ways can one develop the wrist problem. The purpose of the legislation is to reduce the wrist problem due to video games, which IS one of the causes. Hence, a legislation will discourage parents from buying the video games for their kids i.e. ANSWER D
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12 Sep 2015, 03:19
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
KanupriyaS wrote:
i thought it to be a clear C

why can't it be C?

Note that the conclusion says "Federal legislation that prohibits the sale of video games to minors would help curb this painful wrist condition among adolescents"

The conclusion says that it will help control the occurrence of carpal tunnel. It doesn't say that it will eradicate the condition. If a problem can happen in 3 ways and if you take care of one, you can certainly HELP CURB the problem. It may not eradicate the problem completely but it can definitely help reduce the occurence.
So we don't need to assume that carpal tunnel doesn't happen any other way to make our conclusion true. Therefore, C is not correct.

Take another example:

Me: I get frequent heartburns.
You: Avoid cooking fried foods at home. That would help control the problem.

Your opinion is that if fried food are not cooked at home, the heartburn problem will be controlled. What are you assuming? That I will not go outside/order in fried foods on a regular basis. You are not assuming that there is no other way in which I could get heartburn. Smoking, eating large meals etc can also cause heartburn. But you are addressing one cause, perhaps the main one - we don't know - and you are saying that taking care of this cause will help control the problem. That is perfectly valid, isn't it? You don't need to assume that other causes are not there.

Hi Karishma,

Im trying to related this with the cause n effect question ? and assuming an alternate cause to be the correct answer choice.

Avoid eating fried food to help to control heartburn problem.

So if there is any other food item that leads to heartburn problem. (alternate cause, should be correct choice/as it breaks down or weakens are conclusion.?

Or Is it the possible alternate cause (weakner) is not a potential assumption . These two are different thing?

If the question was to find a possible weakener then alternate cause could be the correct answer?

Can you correct my line of thoughts.

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24 Nov 2015, 18:46
D.
Why?
Adolscents who play V/G develop synd.
So why does the law prohibit VG to minors?
Maybe, minors who play VG develop into adulsent who play VG.
Or parents do not give VG to adsc. but they give to minors. So no need to prohibit VG to adols. coz their parents already do not give VG to them.
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Doctor: Research shows that adolescents who play video games on a regular basis are three times as likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome as are adolescents who do not play video games. Federal legislation that prohibits the sale of video games to minors would help curb this painful wrist condition among adolescents.

oh, wow, cracked it in 1 minute.

FL - prohibit sale to minors.
prohibition -> curb CTS.

the assumption here is that minors are actually buying the games, and that once the prohibition is in effect, people would refuse to buy games for minors.

The doctor’s conclusion depends on which of the following assumptions?

(A) The majority of federal legislators would vote for a bill that prohibits the sale of video games to minors.
well, even if they vote, parents might buy games for the kids. thus, the # won't get down.

(B) Not all adolescents who play video games on a regular basis suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
well, this is something that can be inferred from the argument. those who play VG are three times as likely to develop the syndrome as are those who do not play. B is out.

(C) Playing video games is the only way an adolescent can develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
just like B, C is incorrect, as the argument clearly states that there are kids who do not play, but develop the syndrome.

(D) Most parents would refuse to purchase video games for their adolescent children.
aha, if the parents refuse to buy - then the kids will not play, and thus the # of kids with syndrome will drop.

(E) The regular playing of video games by adolescents does not produce such beneficial effects as better hand-eye coordination and improved reaction time.
this one is out of scope.
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