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New post 25 Aug 2011, 10:01
B is the answer
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New post 25 Aug 2011, 10:16
B is the right answer.
Option A actually strengthens the passage.
Options C,D and E are irrelevant in the context.
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The answer is B since the answer mentions "non-employees"
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The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company


B. It explains why the conclusion is not overstated.
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IMO B
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Good question mate.. B is ans.
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New post 10 Sep 2011, 08:56
yup... definately B.. good question.. but 4 easily discardable answers made the cr easy overall
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B for me :)
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The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold

If the workers eat only those candies that wouldn't be sold, then the argument is strengthened. After all, the company doesn't stand to make any profit from candies it would have thrown away.

(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees

The argument says that the idea it is losing money to candy-gobbling employees is overstated. Well, if all of the candy eaten by employees represents lost sales, then the case isn't overstated. The company is losing money to this "theft." Therefore (B) weakens the argument.

(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.

Doesn't really address whether the claim is overstated.

(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest

Well imagine that most of this candy is defective, i.e., it would not have sold anyways. Regardless of what season it is, the argument would not be weakened.

(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company

This seems to match up with the part of the argument that says the claim is overstated.
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New post 27 Aug 2013, 07:51
Answer should be B.. since it showing potential sales lost to the company..
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Conclusion : Candy Manufacturers claim of losses through theft exceeds potential sales is false .
Premise : Candy eaten would not lead to potential sales because
Candy eaten on the job and not paid for, is eaten one piece at a time by workers who would not buy the whole box.

Assumption : Potential customers ( non employees) wont buy single candy , they would only purchase boxes !!

Weaken the Assumption saying : Potential customers will buy single candy ... is rephrased by B
"Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees"

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New post 28 Aug 2013, 03:42
Straight B, if you can pre-think this one.

the argument says that the candies are eaten by workers who would not be willing to buy it, but this could hurt sales as non employees could obviously buy those that are being consumed by workers.
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:) IMO B is the correct answer.
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B for sure, no doubt :)
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I would go for B since directly weakens the argument by stating that those eaten candies might have increased the profits.
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The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company


Can you pls explain why the answer is not A?
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The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.



-Emp. theft = lost revenue
-piece by piece consumption (slow)
C: losses are greatly overstated

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold --- strengthens; if workers are eating the damaged inventory there wouldn't be losses.
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees --- weakens; if employees eat candy that could be sold then there are losses b/c revenue is being lost as the quantities for sale are suppressed. Best so far!
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for. --- passage makes note of slow pace at which candy is eaten. Therefore, even if "select" employees are responsible for all of the damage they're not eating at a fast enough pace. Neither here nor there
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest. --- at busy season less inventory = greater losses. Strengthen!
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company. --- despite being a small portion it could still be a large portion of potential sales. Irrelevant.
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How does A strengthen? Please explain. I believe A weakens
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