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Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of

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Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 19:38
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Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales dept., because without successful sales the company as a whole would fail.

Ed: There are several departments other than sales that must also function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

Ed criticizes Ravi's argument by pointing out:

A. That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.
B. The ambiguity of term "highest priority".
C. That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.
D. An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.
E. That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.






















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I chose E, can anyone explain both of them for me? I'm getting confused about the necessity earns in choice D.

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Yvonne
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Re: Ed criticizes Ravi's argument [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 20:02
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A. That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.Ed never says that the sales deptt is not critcal to company's success. He just says that there are other such departments which might be equally critical
B. The ambiguity of term "highest priority".We cant say that - Highest priority is not being questiones- Ed never argues what Ravi means by highest priority
C. That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.Doesnt say more- he says they are 'also' necessary
D. An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.Correct option - Just because a deptt is necessary doesnt mean that it gets highest prioirty. By that logic- Ed's argument explains- there would be multiple deptts which will nee to be given 'highest' priority- an absurdity which cannot be reaslised.
E. That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.Ravi is not making any generalization - Ravi is very clearly and specifically arguing the case for Sales deptt only (that it should be given highest prioirty) Ravi would have been generalising if he would have said something like most critical deptt should be given highest prioirty, for example...etc. that is when he would have given a conclusion on the basis of a single case/example. This doesnt happen in the sentence..
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Re: Ed criticizes Ravi's argument [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 21:47
This is LSAT pattern. Critical does not mean highest. If it does the "priority" looses meaning since all be highest priority.

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Re: Ed criticizes Ravi's argument   [#permalink] 10 Apr 2011, 21:47
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