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# In several cities, the government is going ahead with

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In several cities, the government is going ahead with ambitious construction projects despite the high office-vacancy rates in those cities. The vacant offices, though available for leasing, unfortunately do not meet the requirements for the facilities needed, such as court houses and laboratories. The government, therefore, is not guilty of any fiscal wastefulness.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
(A) Adaptation of vacant office space to meet the governmentâ€™s requirements, if possible, would not make leasing such office space a more cost-effective alternative to new construction.
(B) The government prefers leasing facilities to owning them in cases where the two alternatives are equally cost-effective.
(C) If facilities available for leasing come very close to meeting the governmentâ€™s requirements for facilities the government needs, the government can relax its own requirements slightly and consider those facilities in compliance.
(D) The governmentâ€™s construction projects would not, on being completed, add to the stock of facilities available for leasing in the cities concerned.
(E) Before embarking on any major construction project, the government is required by law to establish beyond any reasonable doubt that there are no alternatives that are more cost-effective.
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19 Aug 2006, 08:18
Negate (E) and the central argument crumbles.
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19 Aug 2006, 09:37
tied up in D or E.

One of them seems to be an inference rather than an assumption.

I usually find it difficult to differentiate the thin line between inference and assumption. Hopefully I 'm not doing it this time.. Crossing my fingers and selecting D.

I feel it connects the evidence with the conclusion.

Evidence: vacant offices, though available for leasing, unfortunately do not meet the requirements for the facilities needed

Conclusion:
Government is not guilty of fiscal wastefulness.

The conclusion is made based on the assumption that whatever the govt constructs will meet the requirements of the facility and not turn out to be another candidate for leasing.
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19 Aug 2006, 11:50
The OA is given is given as A...i chose D though...Can anyone please explain this...
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19 Aug 2006, 12:42
Tough One

I went for E initally.

But after seeing the OA I need someone explain this
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19 Aug 2006, 12:50
Even i went for (E) initially.I think we all have assumed that new construction implies building new office spaces but in the context of the OA the ambitious construction is revamp of the facilities.Thus revamping the office space to suit the req's of the government is a more cost-ffective solution than leasing.The new construction in (A) also refers to revamp of the facilities.
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19 Aug 2006, 22:18
Negate A and argument falls apart.
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