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Recent statistic make it seem unlikely that the total consumtion of electricity determines its cost to individual consumers. Recent increase in total consumtion especially during summer months have sometimes been accompanied by a decrease in the cost per unit and at other times by an increase.

Which of the following position is best supported by the information presented above?

A. It must be the case that the cost of electicity to comsumer is what determines the total consumption.
B.Even though a correlation exists between the total consumption of electricity and its cost to consumer, no casual relation exists.
C. Further investigation into the way these statistics were gathered is certainly called for.
D.The cost of electicity depends upon something other than the total consumption of electricity.
E.The cost per unit of electricity to consumer is dependant on the total electicity consumption.

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I didnt get what the argument is conveying, someone please expalin
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It should be "D. It is cause and effect reasoning. If "X" does not lead to "Y" and "Y " does not lead to "X", there has to be a cause "Z" which leads to "X" or "Y"
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This is a "must be true" question. Always keep in mind "no new information accepted", the right answer must pass the "Fact test".

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact: Recent statistic shows that total consumption of electricity could not determine its cost to individual consumers.
Fact: Recent increase in total consumption especially ==> accompanied by a decrease in the cost per unit and by an increase at other times

What must be true based on the information above.

A. It must be the case that the cost of electicity to comsumer is what determines the total consumption.

B.Even though a correlation exists between the total consumption of electricity and its cost to consumer, no casual relation exists.
Wrong. The stimulus says that total consumption of electricity is unlikely used to determine its cost to consumer. ==> cannot exist a correlation between A & B if A cannot be used to determine B.

C. Further investigation into the way these statistics were gathered is certainly called for.
Wrong. Out of scope. Nothing about "further investigation" ==> C does not pass the "Fact test"

D.The cost of electicity depends upon something other than the total consumption of electricity.
Correct. The stimulus says that total consumption of electricity is unlikely used to determine its cost to consumer. ==> there must be another factor used to determine the cost of electricity.

E.The cost per unit of electricity to consumer is dependant on the total electicity consumption.
Wrong. Nothing about "cost per unit". ==> E does not pass the "Fact test"

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21 Nov 2016, 06:55
Why not C?
"Recent statistics make it seem unlikely" so we need more information on this.

D is close but "something other", it can be what author is saying as well..."seem unlikely that" is used, not 100% sure.
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21 Nov 2016, 12:27
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Why not C?
"Recent statistics make it seem unlikely" so we need more information on this.

D is close but "something other", it can be what author is saying as well..."seem unlikely that" is used, not 100% sure.

The question asks " position is best supported by the information presented above "...

Thus the answer must flow directly from the stimulus presented to us.

(C) casts further doubt into the stimulus presented , which is no way called for !!
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