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Last year the rate of inflation was 1.2%, but during the current year it has been 4%. We can conclude that inflation is an upward trend and rate will be still higher next year.

Which of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion?

A. the inflation figures were computed basis of a representative sample of economic data rather than all of the available data
B. Last year a dip in oil prices brought the inflation temporarily below its recent stable annual level of 4%.
C Increase in the pay of some workers are tied to the level of inflation, and inflation of 4% or above, these pay raises constitute a force causing further inflation
D The 1.2% rate of inflation last year represented a 10year low.
E Government intervention cannot affect the rate of inflation to any significance degree

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My approach
A. ............... (more of out of scope)
B. Last year a dip in oil prices brought the inflation temporarily below its recent stable annual level of 4%.
C .................(out of scope)
D The 1.2% rate of inflation last year represented a 10year low.
E ...................(out of scope)

Between B & D, i picked D; As D shows there was an inconsistency in inflation rate movement year on year and so
- It's doesnt follow upward movement
- So, can't say that it will be higher next year

OA is B

The explanation given against D in OG is quite awkward,

D. Learning last year's figure was the lowest rate of inflation in 10years does not provide enoough information to conclude whether the rate of inflation will rise next year

We are not looking to support the point that rate of inflation will rise next year, rather we are looking to undermine the assumption that rate of inflation is always on the upward trend so.......it will rise next year.

D: Directly hits the assumption that rise in inflation is not a trend so we can't say about next year whther it will rise or fall?

I suppose B does the same....although D seems more logical to me.

To OG lovers.............OG can be WRONG!
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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29 Sep 2008, 15:24
you should post with all of the answer choices
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29 Sep 2008, 16:50
Are u discussing the choices with ur own self? IF u want good discussion , u shld write all the answer choices.
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03 Oct 2008, 06:43
B is correct because it states that the stable annual level is 4%, so there are not reasons to say that the inflation will be higher than 4% next year. There was a temporarily reduction because of oil price, but it will come back to the normal level of 4%.
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