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Recently, highly skilled workers in Eastern Europe have left jobs in record numbers to emigrate to the West. It is therefore likely that skilled workers who remain in Eastern Europe are in high demand in their home countries.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Eastern European factories prefer to hire workers from their home countries rather than to import workers from abroad.
(B) Major changes in Eastern European economic structures have led to the elimination of many positions previously held by the highly skilled emigrants.
(C) Many Eastern European emigrants need to acquire new skills after finding work in the West.
(D) Eastern European countries plan to train many new workers to replace the highly skilled workers who have emigrated.
(E) Because of the departure of skilled workers from Eastern European countries, many positions are now unfilled.

Can somebody discuss this one.
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Recently, highly skilled workers in Eastern Europe have left jobs in record numbers to emigrate to the West. It is therefore likely that skilled workers who remain in Eastern Europe are in high demand in their home countries.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
(A) Eastern European factories prefer to hire workers from their home countries rather than to import workers from abroad.
(B) Major changes in Eastern European economic structures have led to the elimination of many positions previously held by the highly skilled emigrants.
(C) Many Eastern European emigrants need to acquire new skills after finding work in the West.
(D) Eastern European countries plan to train many new workers to replace the highly skilled workers who have emigrated.
(E) Because of the departure of skilled workers from Eastern European countries, many positions are now unfilled.

I do not have the ans for this Q/ . Can somebody discuss this one.

I am almost certain the answer is B). The conclusion is that skilled workers who remain in Eastern Europe are in high demand in their home countries, so we must attack that conclusions.
A) strengthens, not weakens.
B) is the correct answer. If there aren't many jobs, then there is less demand, so therefore the workers may not be in high demand.
C) Not relevant
D) I considered this for a second, but just because they need to train new workers, that does not weaken the fact that skilled workers are in high demand. if anything, skilled workers would still be in demand which is why they are training unskilled workers.
E) strengthens, not weakens.
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01 Jun 2009, 15:34
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Recently, highly skilled workers in Eastern Europe have left jobs in record numbers to emigrate to the West. It is therefore likely that skilled workers who remain in Eastern Europe are in high demand in their home countries.

(B) negates the possibility of the rise in demand for skilled workers who remain in Eastern Europe by eliminating the possibility of the rise in the demand due to the major changes in Eastern European economic structures have led to the elimination of many positions previously held by the highly skilled emigrants.

IMO B
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01 Jun 2009, 15:49
clear B
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01 Jun 2009, 20:14
B
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02 Jun 2009, 00:23
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03 Jun 2009, 09:38
One more for B..
But D is a strong contender...

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03 Jun 2009, 09:42
count one more vote for B
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09 Apr 2010, 08:58
One more vote for B
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09 Apr 2010, 09:25
Answer is B; relatively easy one.
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09 Apr 2010, 10:54
According to me the answer is D. This is the only one that can weaken the argument that highly skilled workers are in high demand in home countries in that the companies in home countries are planning on training ppl rather than hiring highly skilled workers.

When do we know the right answer?
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09 Apr 2010, 15:51
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According to me the answer is D. This is the only one that can weaken the argument that highly skilled workers are in high demand in home countries in that the companies in home countries are planning on training ppl rather than hiring highly skilled workers.

When do we know the right answer?

Click on "Reveal" just below the original post; The answer is there.
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09 Apr 2010, 18:20
In this question if one focuses on the conclusion - "It is therefore likely that skilled workers who remain in Eastern Europe are in high demand in their home countries."

2 things come out - skilled workers and high demand.

If you choose D then you were focusing on the skilled workers part of it and if you choose B you were focusing on the high demand aspect of it.

Although D is a strong contender, it leaves room for another assumption that "the countries plan to train the new workers because they are not highly skilled already"

But B leaves no room for doubt - it clearly states that there is less demand---weakening the conclusion.
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09 Apr 2010, 22:01
thnx firang....this makes sense
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10 Apr 2010, 11:58
I admit that my initial selection was D but carefully looking into B and D, B is more weaker than D.

A-S+
B-W+ ( most seriously weakens the argument)
C-none
D-W (seriously weakens the argument)
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06 Sep 2010, 23:01
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13 Apr 2011, 05:36
narrowed it down to B and D ... B is the answer ..
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13 Apr 2011, 13:45
B is the best choice because it states jobs are going away.

D is a good choice but the jobs are still available so that is why companies are training people
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14 Apr 2011, 16:04
I went for D....
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