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Most parents make little use of baby clothing. For example, more than half of all parents dress their infants a particular garment only a few times during about a one month period before stowing that garment away. In addition, 24 percent of all parents let their babies wear any particular piece of clothing only a single time.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the claim that most parents do not get much use out of baby clothing?

A. Many parents have more than one child.
B. Most parents get baby clothes as presents from their friends and family.
C. It is customary for most infants to wear clothes which were handed down from siblings and relatives.
D. Infants need more new clothing than adults because they grow out their existing garments quickly.
E. There is a huge second-hand market for baby clothing.
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Re: Most parents make little use of baby clothing. For example, [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2014, 09:59
C seems best out of lot : It is customary for most infants to wear clothes which were handed down from siblings and relatives

in fact A and C comes close but the only reason i selected C over A was C is stating that fact very clearly and A is just giving a hint of it !!
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Re: Most parents make little use of baby clothing. For example, [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2014, 23:01
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Most parents make little use of baby clothing. For example, more than half of all parents dress their infants a particular garment only a few times during about a one month period before stowing that garment away. In addition, 24 percent of all parents let their babies wear any particular piece of clothing only a single time.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the claim that most parents do not get much use out of baby clothing?

A. Many parents have more than one child.
B. Most parents get baby clothes as presents from their friends and family.
C. It is customary for most infants to wear clothes which were handed down from siblings and relatives.
D. Infants need more new clothing than adults because they grow out their existing garments quickly.
E. There is a huge second-hand market for baby clothing.


It was D for me.
C and B don't challenge anything. Even if they are true, this doesn't effect the fact that they got little use from the clothes.
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It was D for me.
C and B don't challenge anything. Even if they are true, this doesn't effect the fact that they got little use from the clothes.



The OE :

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Most parents dress their babies in any particular clothing for only a short time, some only once, which leads to the conclusion that most baby clothes don't get much wear out of them. In order to weaken this argument, we need to weaken the assumption that most clothes will be worn by a single baby only.

A. Many parents have more than one child- indicates more children, but does not link these children to the wear of the same clothing.
B. Most parents get baby clothes as presents from their friends and family - Irrelevant- As we are not interested in origin of the garment.
C. It is customary for most infants to wear clothes which were handed down from siblings and relatives- This is what we came up in prethinking.
D. Infants need more new clothing than adults because they grow out their existing garments quickly- strengthens the argument by introducing babies' rapid growth.
E. There is a huge second-hand market for baby clothing- Out of Scope- Does not link it to most babies wearing those second-hand garments.

So the answer is C.

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Re: Most parents make little use of baby clothing. For example, [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2014, 08:44
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ronr34 wrote:
It was D for me.
C and B don't challenge anything. Even if they are true, this doesn't effect the fact that they got little use from the clothes.



The OE :

Prethinking:
Most parents dress their babies in any particular clothing for only a short time, some only once, which leads to the conclusion that most baby clothes don't get much wear out of them. In order to weaken this argument, we need to weaken the assumption that most clothes will be worn by a single baby only.

A. Many parents have more than one child- indicates more children, but does not link these children to the wear of the same clothing.
B. Most parents get baby clothes as presents from their friends and family - Irrelevant- As we are not interested in origin of the garment.
C. It is customary for most infants to wear clothes which were handed down from siblings and relatives- This is what we came up in prethinking.
D. Infants need more new clothing than adults because they grow out their existing garments quickly- strengthens the argument by introducing babies' rapid growth.
E. There is a huge second-hand market for baby clothing- Out of Scope- Does not link it to most babies wearing those second-hand garments.

So the answer is C.


So B and C are very much alike....
By this logic, if I pass down clothes to relatives, but I only used them once, I still get little use out of them.
How does this change that fact?
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I was stuck between C & D..I feel D is a stronger contender
1. The clothing is used by the baby only once..even if it is handed down to the parents by relatives..we are talking about one particular parent child pair's use of baby clothing & not the till date usage (not including that of their forefathers)..and that pair here, does not use it adequately enough..
2. The clothing is just fit to be worn once..as the baby outgrows them rapidly..-->There a\is nothing that the parents could do about it..So we can say that they are using it adequately enough...The presence of an additional premise stating that one month is a sufficient enough period for the baby to outgrow the clothes would have made this a better answer

Not a very good question..Debatable OA

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Re: Most parents make little use of baby clothing. For example, [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2014, 20:18
Gnpth wrote:
ronr34 wrote:
It was D for me.
C and B don't challenge anything. Even if they are true, this doesn't effect the fact that they got little use from the clothes.



The OE :

Prethinking:
Most parents dress their babies in any particular clothing for only a short time, some only once, which leads to the conclusion that most baby clothes don't get much wear out of them. In order to weaken this argument, we need to weaken the assumption that most clothes will be worn by a single baby only.

A. Many parents have more than one child- indicates more children, but does not link these children to the wear of the same clothing.
B. Most parents get baby clothes as presents from their friends and family - Irrelevant- As we are not interested in origin of the garment.
C. It is customary for most infants to wear clothes which were handed down from siblings and relatives- This is what we came up in prethinking.
D. Infants need more new clothing than adults because they grow out their existing garments quickly- strengthens the argument by introducing babies' rapid growth.
E. There is a huge second-hand market for baby clothing- Out of Scope- Does not link it to most babies wearing those second-hand garments.

So the answer is C.


In order to weaken this argument, we need to show that much use is being brought out of baby clothing and not ' most clothes will be worn by a single baby only.'

The question clearly says 'Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the claim that most parents do not get much use out of baby clothing.'

Option C: yes it is customary, so you are being passed a set of clothes from siblings/relatives. Right? Lets personalize this argument.

Okay I get a pair of clothes from my siblings/relatives, let my baby wear it for a day and then I stow that pair of clothes. Now does it weaken the argument?think about it.

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