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Some 70 percent of consumers polled at an upscale supermarket said that they did not care for the taste of Apex toothpaste. Nonetheless, sales of Apex accounted for a full 75 percent of toothpaste sold at that supermarket. The conclusion that at least 75 percent of shoppers buying toothpaste did in fact enjoy the taste of Apex toothpaste relies on the assumption that ___________________.
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Which of the following best completes the passage?

A)most of the shoppers polled did not make any toothpaste purchases that day.
B)most shoppers who bought Apex did so because of its proven efficacy in fighting tooth decay.
C)nearly every shopper who bought Apex did so because he or she did not like its taste.
D)a large number of shoppers polled were dental professionals.
E)shoppers will not buy a certain brand of toothpaste if they do not care for its taste.
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19 Jan 2011, 06:09
Is it E ?

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19 Jan 2011, 13:42
A)most of the shoppers polled did not make any toothpaste purchases that day.
most of shoppers----------we don't talk about

B)most shoppers who bought Apex did so because of its proven efficacy in fighting tooth decay.
idem

C)nearly every shopper who bought Apex did so because he or she did not like its taste.
who care nearly

D)a large number of shoppers polled were dental professionals.
we don't know

E)shoppers will not buy a certain brand of toothpaste if they do not care for its taste.
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19 Jan 2011, 14:07
Between A and E, I'm leaning toward E.

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Woot woot! Nearly 6 weeks after I took my gmat I am still able to get the correct answer: E

ABD are out of context, they could be true or false it won't change the outcome.

E is a double negation, that addresses the issue of the taste.
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20 Jan 2011, 15:46
E it is.
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21 Jan 2011, 06:05
E is correct.
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21 Jan 2011, 10:46
E is right b/c E is saying that if someone doesn't care for the taste of toothpaste then he wouldn't buy it (or if someone cares for the taste of the toothpaste he would buy it) - sort rearranged statement in the passage that says that 75% of the customers bought Apex for the taste (ie b/c they cared about the taste)
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this is one the weirdest question i have ever come across !!
and going by the methods people have used they have taken this question for an assumption question which is not the case . This is a complete the passage question !!

ans is E coz tht's the only thing that logically follows
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09 Sep 2011, 16:55
Some 70 percent of consumers polled at an upscale supermarket said that they did not care for the taste of Apex toothpaste. Nonetheless, sales of Apex accounted for a full 75 percent of toothpaste sold at that supermarket. The conclusion that at least 75 percent of shoppers buying toothpaste did in fact enjoy the taste of Apex toothpaste relies on the assumption that ___________________.
Question
Which of the following best completes the passage?

A)most of the shoppers polled did not make any toothpaste purchases that day.
B)most shoppers who bought Apex did so because of its proven efficacy in fighting tooth decay.
C)nearly every shopper who bought Apex did so because he or she did not like its taste.
D)a large number of shoppers polled were dental professionals.
E)shoppers will not buy a certain brand of toothpaste if they do not care for its taste.

E is the only choice that at least related to the last part of the passage.
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10 Sep 2011, 07:04
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10 Sep 2011, 09:55
I agree with E, when looking at the question independent of the first premise given regarding poll... but i don't understand how this premise is connected to answer E. can we say this premise is no way realted and can be ignored?

if 70% of the shoppers did not care for Apex taste (means 70% don't enjoy the Apex taste), how would 75% of the total toothpaste buyers enjoyed the Apex taste. Only possible situation is that Poll wasn't conducted with all kinds of people, selected evenly for pool, who buy the toothpaste. So, A seems to be a good contender. If most of the folks who don't enjoy the taste did not buy any toothpaste that day, only then it is possible to sell Apex based on its taste.
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10 Sep 2011, 10:21
yea.. E it is... A follows closely but E wins the head-to-head i guess
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10 Sep 2011, 18:55
E it is ...... C is the opposite answer.
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10 Sep 2011, 20:42
+1 for E.

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12 Sep 2011, 07:39
How is it possible that 75% bought Apex when 70% of those polled didn't like the taste?

That means those who were polled was not an accurate representation of the cross section of ppl who bought APEX.
And those who bought Apex bought it because they liked the taste.

I guess A explains the discrepancy whereas E is an assumption that supports the conclusion. Anyway, this is a confusing question, and thus annoying!
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14 Sep 2011, 00:08
Thankfully E!
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02 Nov 2011, 10:39
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02 Nov 2011, 11:11
E is correct.
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