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# Several of a certain bank s top executives have recently

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16 Dec 2005, 14:32
I'll vote for A.

I know that C, D, E are out, because the first statement provides an explanation of the issue rather than stating evidence of any kind.
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19 Dec 2005, 06:17
Can someone give the OA
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24 Dec 2005, 08:21
Well this is my first post. I vote for A.

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30 Dec 2005, 09:55
I think the only choices worth consideration are A & B since the first part describes a circumstances and not an evidence. Now lets review the choices A & B. The second part refers to "On balance, therefore, it is likely that the executives of the bank are following this example." There are two keywords here. "On Balance" and "therefore" which obviously imply a conclusion. But what kind of conclusion is this? Is it the main conclusion of the passage? You bet. But is this conclusion drawn to support the main conclusion of the argument? I don't think so. Since it just reiterates the conclusion reached by the argument.

My choice A. Though I have to say my first pick was B.

A. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue that the argument addresses; the second states the main conclusion of the argument.

B. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue the argument addresses; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the main conclusion of the argument.
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28 Jan 2006, 06:53
I came across this today

My choice is "A" & the OA too is "A"!
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14 Feb 2006, 08:37
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Several of a certain bankâ€™s top executives have recently been purchasing shares in their own bank. This activity has occasioned some surprise, since it is widely believed that the bank, carrying a large number of bad loans, is on the brink of collapse. Since the executives are well placed to know their bankâ€™s true condition, it might seem that their share purchases show that the danger of collapse is exaggerated. However, the available information about the bankâ€™s condition is from reliable and informed sources, and corporate executives do sometimes buy shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to calm worries about their companyâ€™s condition. On balance, therefore, it is likely that the executives of the bank are following this example.
In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

A. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue that the argument addresses; the second states the main conclusion of the argument.
B. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue the argument addresses; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the main conclusion of the argument.
C. The first provides evidence to defend the position that the argument seeks to establish against opposing positions; the second states the main conclusion of the argument.
D. The first provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the argumentâ€™s main conclusion.
E. Each provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish.

Explain .... lets learn!

I think The answer should be A.

The issue in the above passage is " why the corporate executives buy the shares of their own banks-"
a) is it to show that the collapse of bank is exaggerated
or
b) to pacify the scenario.

So I think the 1st bolded sentence shows the circumstance for the explanation of the issue and the 2nd bolded sentence is the final conclusion.
Let me know if i am right or wrong
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22 Feb 2006, 20:10
Guys, i have a doubt here. (It is very late though).
I just read Paul's explanation of "inference". What I understand from his explanation is that inference is almost always true (and not true at all times).
I was always under the opinion that "Inference" is correct in the context of the passage.
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06 Mar 2006, 05:49

The first bold sentence explains what is being discussed. The second sentence if the main conclusion... the word"therefore"is used
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07 Mar 2006, 09:09
However, the available information about the bank'ss condition is from reliable and informed sources, and corporate executives do sometimes buy shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to calm worries about their company's condition.

I would take A.
But I still have an interrogation. Why the part in green wouldnt be the main conclusion? The premise(red)is that because the information are reliable, the conclusion is that the manager do that to calm worries. And the last bold sentence would be the second conclusion("to support the main conclusion" Answer B)
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31 Mar 2006, 21:42
Brilliant work Paul. I initially picked D 'cause I thought the first bold face was evidence. But quite clearly the first bold face is a background to the evidence. Once again, AWESOME Paul! Thanks
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01 Apr 2006, 03:31
I think the Answer is A
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06 May 2006, 02:24
I think its A.
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15 May 2006, 06:46
I think the right answer is A.

But I am not sure, because B might be, although I think that A is better than B.

It is a pity that we don't know the real correct answer. In the exam, I think that many peolpe as me would do guessing!!!!
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24 May 2006, 07:31
Can someone please provide a definition for surmise? Also, in what way does a surmise differ from an assumption as my understanding is that surmise is synonymous with assumption.
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14 Jul 2006, 23:59
Several of a certain bank’s top executives have recently been purchasing shares in their own bank.[/b] This activity has occasioned some surprise, since it is widely believed that the bank, carrying a large number of bad loans, is on the brink of collapse. Since the executives are well placed to know their bank’s true condition, it might seem that their share purchases show that the danger of collapse is exaggerated. However, the available information about the bank’s condition is from reliable and informed sources, and corporate executives do sometimes buy shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to calm worries about their company’s condition. On balance, therefore, it is likely that the executives of the bank are following this example.
In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

A. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue that the argument addresses; the second states the main conclusion of the argument. does not seem to be fit the first explanation part

B. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue the argument addresses; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the main conclusion of the argument. no both related to the stimulus

C. The first provides evidence to defend the position that the argument seeks to establish against opposing positions; the second states the main conclusion of the argument. seems the one

D. The first provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the argument’s main conclusion. not the second

E. Each provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish. does not seems likely to be

I got down to C and E but my in my opinion I would chose C
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18 Jul 2006, 07:28
I go for A.

Someone chose B; if so, could you state what is the main conclusion?
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20 Sep 2006, 21:37
I am here for B.

The second bold statement is just an intermediate conclusion.
The real conclusion should be about the bank's financial situation rather than about those executives.
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21 Sep 2006, 09:50
I though it was A at the first place, but after the second thought, I'm 90% sure it's B
Most CEOs buy there's own company's stock to calm worries, and this doesn't not mean Several of a certain bankâ€™s top executives have recently been purchasing shares in their own bank.
Again, I'm looking for OA
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24 Oct 2006, 18:15
I think it is B
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10 Nov 2006, 13:11
A.

The main reason is that the first paragraph is an explanation. Here there is the evidence that support the conclusion that is stated in the second paragraph.

There is any other evidence, so the best answer must be A.
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