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Mayor of Outerville, a suburb of Center City: Outerville

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Mayor of Outerville, a suburb of Center City: Outerville [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 18:57
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Mayor of Outerville, a suburb of Center City: Outerville must grow if it is to survive, so, as we have agreed, efforts should be made to attract more residents. The best strategy for attracting residents is to renovate the train station. The numbers of jobs in Center City and of people who prefer to live in suburban towns are increasing. With the rise in tolls, driving into the city is becoming more expensive than train travel. Therefore, people want to live in towns where train travel is convenient and pleasant.

The argument leads to the conclusion that
(A) the town of Outerville should attract more residents
(B) the train station in Outerville should be renovated
(C) residents of Outerville who are in need of work should look for jobs in Center City
(D) people who work in Center City but live in Outerville should commute by train rather than driving
(E) people who want to live where train travel is convenient and pleasant should live in Outerville

Please explain your answers.
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Re: CR: Conclusion of argument [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 19:14
eyunni wrote:
Mayor of Outerville, a suburb of Center City: Outerville must grow if it is to survive, so, as we have agreed, efforts should be made to attract more residents. The best strategy for attracting residents is to renovate the train station. The numbers of jobs in Center City and of people who prefer to live in suburban towns are increasing. With the rise in tolls, driving into the city is becoming more expensive than train travel. Therefore, people want to live in towns where train travel is convenient and pleasant.

The argument leads to the conclusion that
(A) the town of Outerville should attract more residents
(B) the train station in Outerville should be renovated
(C) residents of Outerville who are in need of work should look for jobs in Center City
(D) people who work in Center City but live in Outerville should commute by train rather than driving
(E) people who want to live where train travel is convenient and pleasant should live in Outerville

Please explain your answers.



I say B. The argument calls for attracting more residents and the method to do this is by renovating the train station.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 19:19
what a weird question .... isnt B just restating what is already said in the question ?
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Re: CR: Conclusion of argument [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 19:56
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
eyunni wrote:
Mayor of Outerville, a suburb of Center City: Outerville must grow if it is to survive, so, as we have agreed, efforts should be made to attract more residents. The best strategy for attracting residents is to renovate the train station. The numbers of jobs in Center City and of people who prefer to live in suburban towns are increasing. With the rise in tolls, driving into the city is becoming more expensive than train travel. Therefore, people want to live in towns where train travel is convenient and pleasant.

The argument leads to the conclusion that
(A) the town of Outerville should attract more residents
(B) the train station in Outerville should be renovated
(C) residents of Outerville who are in need of work should look for jobs in Center City
(D) people who work in Center City but live in Outerville should commute by train rather than driving
(E) people who want to live where train travel is convenient and pleasant should live in Outerville

Please explain your answers.



I say B. The argument calls for attracting more residents and the method to do this is by renovating the train station.


I made a mistake while solving this CR and chose (B). On some analysis using the Powerscore CR bible for finding conclusion, this is what I could make out. Analyzing each statement by breaking up the argument, we get

Premise: Outerville must grow if it is to survive, so, as we have agreed, efforts should be made to attract more residents.

--Premise not conclusion because of 'as we have agreed'

Possible conclusion or sub conclusion: The best strategy for attracting residents is to renovate the train station.

Premise: The numbers of jobs in Center City and of people who prefer to live in suburban towns are increasing.

Premise: With the rise in tolls, driving into the city is becoming more expensive than train travel.

Possible conclusion or sub conclusion: Therefore, people want to live in towns where train travel is convenient and pleasant.

If the sub conclusion is : The best strategy for attracting residents is to renovate the train station.

AND

the conclusion is:
Therefore, people want to live in towns where train travel is convenient and pleasant.

It logically flows like this:

The best strategy is to renovate. Therefore, people want to live in towns where train travel is convenient and pleasant.

Does not sound logical. Let's look at the alternative option:

the sub-conclusion is:
Therefore, people want to live in towns where train travel is convenient and pleasant.

the conclusion is:
The best strategy for attracting residents is to renovate the train station.

Logically, it flows like this:
People want to live in towns where train travel is convenient. Thus, the best strategy is to renovate train station.

Sounds much better. I like it.

Hence the conclusion should be (B).

OA is (B).

PS: This is more of an exercise for me. Others may have figured it out much faster than I did.
Re: CR: Conclusion of argument   [#permalink] 18 Nov 2007, 19:56
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