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More than a year ago, the city announced that police would crack down on illegally parked cars and that resources would be diverted from writing speeding tickets to ticketing illegally parked cars. But no crackdown has taken place. The police chief claims that resources have had to be diverted from writing speeding tickets to combating the city‟s staggering drug problem. Yet the police are still writing as many speeding tickets as ever. Therefore, the excuse about resources being tied up in fighting drug-related crime simply is not true.
The conclusion in the passage depends on the assumption that
(A) every member of the police force is qualified to work on combating the city‟s drug problem
(B) drug-related crime is not as serious a problem for the city as the police chief claims it is
(C) writing speeding tickets should be as important a priority for the city as combating drug-related crime
(D) the police could be cracking down on illegally parked cars and combating the drug problem without having to reduce writing speeding tickets
(E) the police cannot continue writing as many speeding tickets as ever while diverting resources to combating drug-related crime


Guyzz... please help me in this question. According to me the answer is B. After negating all the options i found answer to be B. is it right\?
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 09:12
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More than a year ago, the city announced that police would crack down on illegally parked cars and that resources would be diverted from writing speeding tickets to ticketing illegally parked cars. But no crackdown has taken place. The police chief claims that resources have had to be diverted from writing speeding tickets to combating the city‟s staggering drug problem. Yet the police are still writing as many speeding tickets as ever. Therefore, the excuse about resources being tied up in fighting drug-related crime simply is not true.
The conclusion in the passage depends on the assumption that
(A) every member of the police force is qualified to work on combating the city‟s drug problem
(B) drug-related crime is not as serious a problem for the city as the police chief claims it is
(C) writing speeding tickets should be as important a priority for the city as combating drug-related crime
(D) the police could be cracking down on illegally parked cars and combating the drug problem without having to reduce writing speeding tickets
(E) the police cannot continue writing as many speeding tickets as ever while diverting resources to combating drug-related crime


Guyzz... please help me in this question. According to me the answer is B. After negating all the options i found answer to be B. is it right\?


Assumption is valid only for the conclusion:

Conclusion: Excuse about the resources tied up is not true.

Rewording of conclusion: If the resources were busy tracking drug-related crime, then the count of speeding tickets should reduce because the police are busy with the drug-related crime. However, the evidence showed that the count of speeding tickets didn't decrease. What does it imply; you are lying to me. The police were not tied elsewhere, but they were writing speeding tickets as before.

Assumption: If the resources were tied up chasing drug-related crime, they can't write as many speeding tickets.

Ans: "E"

Well "B" is not correct because the chief didn't make any such claim. Chief claimed that the resources had to be diverted to perform a different task, that's all.
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 09:27
yes i agree it is E.

Q is asking for the assumption in the conclusion (& NOT in the argument).
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 09:31
Assumption question can be solved by logically negating the answer choice ,and the negated answer choice that attacks the argument will be the correct answer.
If we logically negate (E),the police can continue writing as many speeding tickets as ever while diverting resources to combating drug-related crime,it will weaken the conclusion the excuse about resources being tied up in fighting drug-related crime simply is not true,as it depends on the logic that the police are still writing as many speeding tickets as ever and hence they wont be dealing with drug related crime.
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 11:46
+1 E

The passage doens't mention how serious or important are those problems (speed, parking, drugs). The argument is about the resources and how they are used. In the GMAT, you don't have to make many assumptions; you shouldn't go too far in your inferences.

IMO, the "negation technique" must be used only with it is necessary. When you are stuck between two options. Otherwise, it is a waste of time. What do you think, buddies?
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 16:55
Let's phrase out a statement based on the information provided to better analyze this question:

IF the police is to be able to crack down on illegally parked cars THEN resources would have to be diverted from writing speeding tickets to ticketing illegally parked cars.

However, no crackdown on illegally parked cars has taken place because, as per the police chief's argument, resources have been diverted towards combating the city's staggering drug problem.

However, the author points out that 'the number of speeding tickets being issued continues to be the same even after resources have been dedicated towards cracking down on the drug problem' and thus concludes that 'it is not true that resources to have been dedicated towards cracking down on the drug problem'.

At this point, you want to ask yourself - Why does the author believe that resources have not been dedicated towards cracking down on the drug problem solely on the basis of the evidence that 'the number of speeding tickets continue to be the same'? i.e. On what assumption is the author basing this conclusion on?

Now lets look at the answer choices:

(A) every member of the police force is qualified to work on combating the city‟s drug problem

Irrelevant! We are concerned about resources, not about qualifications.

(B) drug-related crime is not as serious a problem for the city as the police chief claims it is

This can be a tricky answer as , if this were a weaken question, this would be a strong contender for correct answer. However, assumption questions do not use the phrase ,'if true' so we have to make do with believing exactly what we are told and the information provided tells us that the city faced a 'staggering' drug problem.

(C) writing speeding tickets should be as important a priority for the city as combating drug-related crime

Irrelevant!

(D) the police could be cracking down on illegally parked cars and combating the drug problem without having to reduce writing speeding tickets

Just because the police is 'supposedly' cracking down on the drug problem while issuing the same number of speeding tickets, does not in any way imply that they could also crack down on illegally parked cars without compromising on the results of either of the other 2 problems.

(E) the police cannot continue writing as many speeding tickets as ever while diverting resources to combating drug-related cr

Bingo! The only way the author can conclude that 'resources could not have been dedicated to combating the city's drug problem if the number of speeding tickets issued remains the same' is on the basis of the assumption that it is simply not possible for the police to be able to issue the same number of speeding tickets while cracking down on drugs.
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 17:02
+1 E... negate the answer and it will sink the conclusion.
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2011, 00:10
this is straight . you dont even have to negate anything,just prephrase the assumption after reading the stimulus and you get E.

use prephrasing as a technique. it is the best technique for CR.
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2011, 00:07
E is the logical answer :)
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Re: Tricky Assumption question experts kindly help [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2011, 01:11
Thank you guyzzzz i got the question.......
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