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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?

(A) People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.
(B) People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.
(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years.
(D) The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.
(E) Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.
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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from as we [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2012, 10:48
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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?

(A) People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.
(B) People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.
(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years.
(D) The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.
(E) Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.


In this "weakening" question, you need to be able to understand the structure of the argument and spot the answer that would best ATTACK a key assumption. The argument states that the PERCENTAGE (you should pay very close attention to how the GMAT uses numbers in CR - raw numbers, percentages, comparitive amounts, etc.) of retirees moving to Florida is going down. The conclusion is that the decreasing percentage will negatively impact the Florida businesses/economy. Be on the lookout for something that will address the number of retireees...

A - Completely out of scope
B - Completely out of scope
C - The answer correctly states that the NUMBER of retirees has increased SIGNIFICANTLY, so a small reduction in percentage would still likely involve an increase in the raw number of retirees making it to Floriday. This strongly weakens the conclusion that businesses will be impacted by the decline in percentage.
D- This would strengthen the argument (watch out for wrong direction!)
E - Addresses raw numbers, but we need a comparison between retirees coming to Florida now vs. the past, not a comparison of Florida v. other states

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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from as we [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 05:55
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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?

(A) People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.
(B) People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.
(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years.
(D) The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.
(E) Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.


In this "weakening" question, you need to be able to understand the structure of the argument and spot the answer that would best ATTACK a key assumption. The argument states that the PERCENTAGE (you should pay very close attention to how the GMAT uses numbers in CR - raw numbers, percentages, comparitive amounts, etc.) of retirees moving to Florida is going down. The conclusion is that the decreasing percentage will negatively impact the Florida businesses/economy. Be on the lookout for something that will address the number of retireees...

A - Completely out of scope
B - Completely out of scope
C - The answer correctly states that the NUMBER of retirees has increased SIGNIFICANTLY, so a small reduction in percentage would still likely involve an increase in the raw number of retirees making it to Floriday. This strongly weakens the conclusion that businesses will be impacted by the decline in percentage.
D- This would strengthen the argument (watch out for wrong direction!)
E - Addresses raw numbers, but we need a comparison between retirees coming to Florida now vs. the past, not a comparison of Florida v. other states

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Hi Kyle,

I still don't get it why C is the CA. You stated above to pay carefully attention to Percentage, it is what the argument is talking about (down by 3 percent), but C states something about raw numbers, right? Besides C, is not focusing on Florida.
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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from one state [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 06:29
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Hi Lauhub,

Let me see if I can explain.

Overall the % of people who choose, when moving state, to retire in Florida has gone down a little bit.

C then says, the total number of people who move state when retiring has gone up SIGNIFICANTLY.

So if LOTS more people are moving to retire in general. Even if a slightly (3%) smaller percentage are moving to Florida, overall there will still be more people than before moving to Florida.


In general this is an interesting question, because it has some numbers, yet is Verbal. Overall advice is don't bring your Quant logic (about percentages vs real numbers) into Verbal.

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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from one state [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 06:35
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Hi Lauhub,

Let me see if I can explain.

Overall the % of people who choose, when moving state, to retire in Florida has gone down a little bit.

C then says, the total number of people who move state when retiring has gone up SIGNIFICANTLY.

So if LOTS more people are moving to retire in general. Even if a slightly (3%) smaller percentage are moving to Florida, overall there will still be more people than before moving to Florida.


In general this is an interesting question, because it has some numbers, yet is Verbal. Overall advice is don't bring your Quant logic (about percentages vs real numbers) into Verbal.

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Thanks James! so it's all about number SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE versus 3% decrease right?
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Yes exactly.

The 'significant increase' will out weigh the '3% decrease'. So the argument is weakened.

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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from one state [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 06:41
All right thanks ;)

One more question, what about C, which doesn't focus on Florida but the conclusion focus on Florida?
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Yes exactly.

The 'significant increase' will out weigh the '3% decrease'. So the argument is weakened.

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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from one state [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 06:47
Before you read this. Re-read the entire question and see if you can work it out - with everything you understand from the question you should be able to get it....





All you need to work out is is the number of people retiring to Florida going down. The question suggests so because the percentage of people in the whole country who retire there is going down.

C says that the total number in the whole country who are retiring is going up.

So it is like with like.
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In the United states,of the people who moved from [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 10:36
In the United states,of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired,the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years.Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees,these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.
Which of the following,if true,most seriously weakens the argument given?

(A)People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance,on average,last year than such people did ten years ago.

(B)People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.

(C)The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years

(D)The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year then it was ten years ago

(E)Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.

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Re: In the United states,of the people who moved from [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2013, 10:21
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In the United states,of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired,the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years.Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees,these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.
Which of the following,if true,most seriously weakens the argument given?

(A)People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance,on average,last year than such people did ten years ago.-->out of scope..No relevance to distance they moved

(B)People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.-->out of scope...not relevant w.r.t florida

(C)The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years->this weakens the argument as even if less people retire in florida,chances of people moving in is more and hence business wont be affected

(D)The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year then it was ten years ago-->out of scope

(E)Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.-->comparison between states not relevant.

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(A)People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance,on average,last year than such people did ten years ago.-->out of scope..No relevance to distance they moved

(B)People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.-->out of scope...not relevant w.r.t florida

(C)The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years->this weakens the argument as even if less people retire in florida,chances of people moving in is more and hence business wont be affected

(D)The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year then it was ten years ago-->out of scope

(E)Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.-->comparison between states not relevant.
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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from one state [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2014, 05:38
Tricky Question. C is correct answer
The answer correctly states that the NUMBER of retirees has increased SIGNIFICANTLY, so a small reduction in percentage would still likely involve an increase in the raw number of retirees making it to Florida. This strongly weakens the conclusion that businesses will be impacted by the decline in percentage.
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