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During the past year, Pro-Tect Insurance Company's total payout on car-theft claims has been larger than the company can afford to sustain. Pro-tect cannot reduce the number of car-theft policies it carries, so it cannot protect itself against continued large payouts that way. Therefore, Pro-Tect has decided to offer a discount to holders of car-theft policies whose cars have antitheft devices. Many policy holders will respond to the discount by installing such devices, since the amount of the discount will within two years typically more than cover the cost of installation. Thus, because cars with antitheft devices are rarely stolen, Pro-Tect's plan is likely to reduce its annual payouts.

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

A. The first and the second are both evidence offered by the argument as support for its main conlusion.
B. The first presents a problem a response to which the argument assesses; the second is the judgement reached by that assessment.
C. The first is the position the argument seeks to explain; the second is a judgement the argument uses to support that position.
D. The first is a development that the argument seeks to explain; the second is a prediction the argument makes in support of the explanation it offers.
E. The first presents a development whose likely outcome is at issue in the argument; the second is a judgement the argument uses in support of its conclusion about that outcome.

Again I don't have the OA, so expert advice needed.
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02 Apr 2013, 19:28
it has to be B : The first presents a problem a response to which the argument assesses; the second is the judgement reached by that assessment.
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02 Apr 2013, 20:51
aditya8062 wrote:
it has to be B : The first presents a problem a response to which the argument assesses; the second is the judgement reached by that assessment.

The second boldface sentence, says

"Thus, because cars with antitheft devices are rarely stolen, Pro-Tect's plan is likely to reduce its annual payouts."

now the first part suggests that this is a judgement, but the second part of the sentence also declares that the plan is likely to reduce the annual payouts.

We can't say with full assurance that the payouts will reduce.

The second part only predicts that there may be a reduction in the annual payouts. I am unable to select the final answer. Its between B and D
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02 Apr 2013, 21:04
i wonder why u sud think D as contender
D says :The first is a development that the argument seeks to explain; the second is a prediction the argument makes in support of the explanation it offers.

D's 1st part is wrong .

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"Thus, because cars with antitheft devices are rarely stolen, Pro-Tect's plan is likely to reduce its annual payouts."

now the first part suggests that this is a judgement, but the second part of the sentence also declares that the plan is likely to reduce the annual payouts.

We can't say with full assurance that the payouts will reduce.

read is nicely :it says judgment reached by that assessment .likeliness or no likeliness is just the inclination of that judgment !!
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03 Apr 2013, 02:21
I would go with A because both support the main conclusion: therefore is the signal of the same in the third sentence.

But the first one use the word cannot so and the context suggest me a problem that the company present. In the second one the word because is a judgment.....

I go for B
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