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Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to purchase ice

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Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to purchase ice [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 14:12
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Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to
purchase ice cream and are more likely to purchase
it in larger amounts than are members of any other
demographic group. The popular belief that teenagers
eat more ice cream than adults must, therefore,
be false.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

(A) fails to distinguish between purchasing and
consuming

(B) does not supply information about homeowners
in age groups other than 40 to 50

(C) depends on popular belief rather than on
documented research findings

(D) does not specify the precise amount of ice
cream purchased by any demographic group

(E) discusses ice cream rather than more nutritious
and healthful foods
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Re: Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 14:34
straight (A) elderly people purchase ice cream more than the young ones but the young ones consume the ice cream more than the elderly people.Possibly the elderly people buy ice creams for the younger family members.
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Re: Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2012, 09:42
Clear A , as it write teenagers eat more and 40-50 group purchases more, doesnt mean that 40-50 eats more
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Re: Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 10:52
Classic example of scope shift. The argument discuss about purchasing of ice cream whereas the conclusion states consumption.
Clearly Answer is A.
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Re: Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to purchase ice [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 22:39
betterscore wrote:
Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to
purchase ice cream and are more likely to purchase
it in larger amounts than are members of any other
demographic group. The popular belief that teenagers
eat more ice cream than adults must, therefore,
be false.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

(A) fails to distinguish between purchasing and
consuming

(B) does not supply information about homeowners
in age groups other than 40 to 50

(C) depends on popular belief rather than on
documented research findings

(D) does not specify the precise amount of ice
cream purchased by any demographic group

(E) discusses ice cream rather than more nutritious
and healthful foods


Hi,

Could you explain why C is not the correct answer?

Thanks
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Re: Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to purchase ice [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2014, 13:25
misanguyen2010 wrote:
betterscore wrote:
Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to
purchase ice cream and are more likely to purchase
it in larger amounts than are members of any other
demographic group. The popular belief that teenagers
eat more ice cream than adults must, therefore,
be false.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

(A) fails to distinguish between purchasing and
consuming

(B) does not supply information about homeowners
in age groups other than 40 to 50

(C) depends on popular belief rather than on
documented research findings

(D) does not specify the precise amount of ice
cream purchased by any demographic group

(E) discusses ice cream rather than more nutritious
and healthful foods


Hi,

Could you explain why C is not the correct answer?

Thanks


Regardless of whether the argument is based on popular belief or documented research findings it's still comparing purchasing ice cream to eating ice cream. This makes the argument flawed.
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Re: Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to purchase ice [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2014, 17:13
Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to purchase ice cream and are more likely to purchase it in larger amounts than are members of any other
demographic group. The popular belief that teenagers eat more ice cream than adults must, therefore,be false.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

(A) fails to distinguish between purchasing and consuming.....CORRECT

(B) does not supply information about homeowners in age groups other than 40 to 50...IF PEOPLE IN AGE GROUP 25-40 ARE MUCH MORE IN NUMBERS AND THEY BRING THE WEIGHTED AVERAGE OF PURCHASE DOWN...... THE DOUBT STILL REMAINS...PURCHASE Vs CONSUMPTION.....HENCE WRONG..............

(C) depends on popular belief rather than on documented research findings..WE ARE TALKING OF POPULAR BELIEF ONLY.....

(D) does not specify the precise amount of ice cream purchased by any demographic group.......WE DONT NEED THAT.....

(E) discusses ice cream rather than more nutritious and healthful foods.....SO WHAT?
Re: Homeowners aged 40 to 50 are more likely to purchase ice   [#permalink] 11 Jan 2014, 17:13
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