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The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are doing a booming business. Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers

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spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.

People are not paying for the fare, some one else is , Probably they do not have the money; weakens

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.

If there are fewer airlines that explains why the prices are so high. They dont have a choice not because they have money weakens
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
If they are taking shorter vacations * cheap hotels, money is tight. weakens

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.

If ships takes time that is not affordable, people have no alternative and not because money is abundant . weakens

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

E is about domestic. Totally unrelated to transatlantic. Does not weaken

I dont understand the OA kindly help

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spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.

People are not paying for the fare, some one else is , Probably they do not have the money; weakens

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.

If there are fewer airlines that explains why the prices are so high. They dont have a choice not because they have money weakens
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
If they are taking shorter vacations * cheap hotels, money is tight. weakens

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.

If ships takes time that is not affordable, people have no alternative and not because money is abundant . weakens -> Rightly said apart from money constraint time plays an important role !!!its not just money

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

E is about domestic. Totally unrelated to transatlantic. Does not weaken

I dont understand the OA kindly help

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First things first, the question stem is "All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT", so we dont necessarily have to find an option that strengthens it. One that has no bearing on the argument will do too just as well.

The argument says that more tickets are being sold despite the high prices, therefore people must have a lot of money to spend one vacation. Any option that shows that:
(i) People dont spend money, or
(ii) People dont spend more money on vacation, or
(iii) People have little money but they dont have any other option
will weaken the argument. Lets analyze the statements now.

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
From this it can be inferred that since someone else is paying the money, people may not necessarily have extra money. Besides, this also tells us that most of the tickets sold are not for vacations. Weakens. Rejected.

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
From this it can be inferred that people dont have extra money but they still spend it for the lack of options. Weakens. Rejected.

(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
From this it can be inferred that people are making up for the increased airfare by cutting costs elsewhere, hence they may not have any extra money. Weakens. Rejected.

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
From this it can be inferred that people dont have extra money but they still spend it for they cant afford the time requirements of the other options. Weakens. Rejected.

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers
This has no bearing on the passage. All other weaken the argument EXCEPT this one.
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spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are doing a booming business. Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT:

Conclusion: People have more money to spend on vacations.
We are trying to find a statement that strengthens this conclusion.

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
Weakens - Flights are increasing because people are traveling for business and are reimbursed not because they have more money to spend.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
Weaken - If there are fewer airlines now than 5 years ago and the demand stays the same it means the airlines can charge more. Low supply and high demand will raise the price.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
Weaken - Implies people have less money.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
Weaken - It seems people would rather take the a boat but it is too slow so they are forced to fly as their only choice not because they have more money now.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers
Strengthen - I don't think it strengthens the conclusion by much but it implies there is a constant increase which might signal more money for trips.

I got kind of confused explaining the reasoning but was able to choose the correct answer.
I dont understand the OA kindly help

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The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are doing a booming business. Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.
All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers.

IMO E

CONCLUSION: people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.

FOUR ANSWER CHOICES WILL WEAKEN THIS CONCLUSION===>4 OPTIONS WILL PROVIDE SOMETHING TO BELIEVE THAT people are spending not because they have more moneyTO SPEND ON VACATIONS...but because of some other reasons.

(A)Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
if all there money is getting refunded==>this means they are not investing from their pocket==>so we cant say that people have more money to spend.hence weakens==>incorrect

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.==>fewer airlines are there===>supply is less ...demand is more===>it means because people dont have other options thats why they are spending more====>weakens===>incorrect

(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.===>clearly if people are taking shorter vacations..and living in cheaper hotels===>they dont have more money tto spend on vacations====>clearly weakens===>incorrect

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.===>there is only 2 way to crossing atlantic===>either by ship or by plane===>by ship it is taking so much time that people cant afford to spend===>clearly they have only one option by air...so thats why they are paying more because of their need.==>weakens==incorrect

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers.===>we are not worried about DOMESTIC AIRLINES==WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT TRANSATLANTIC flights===>this one misses the point===>hence CORRECT.

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06 Sep 2008, 07:37
E is answer. What is OA?
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06 Sep 2008, 08:45
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays
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06 Sep 2008, 08:53
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spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

what about D ? D appears irrelevant
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06 Sep 2008, 09:00
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

what about D ? D appears irrelevant

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money
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06 Sep 2008, 09:05
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money

Oh Ok !!This explains !!i didnt get it at all
whats ur source for CR ???
Again ione more query !! in E ,domestic passengers rise does not it indicate in general rise of passengers not just of vacationers !!!
i m still not gettin how E is correct
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06 Sep 2008, 09:09
spriya wrote:
spriya wrote:
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IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money

Oh Ok !!This explains !!i didnt get it at all
whats ur source for CR ???
Again ione more query !! in E ,domestic passengers rise does not it indicate in general rise of passengers not just of vacationers !!!
i m still not gettin how E is correct

I have read OG and have done few of 1000 CR.

The Q is which choice weakens argument. E) may not support argument but it does not weaken it either.
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06 Sep 2008, 09:15
spriya wrote:
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money

Oh Ok !!This explains !!i didnt get it at all
whats ur source for CR ???
Again ione more query !! in E ,domestic passengers rise does not it indicate in general rise of passengers not just of vacationers !!!
i m still not gettin how E is correct
I have read OG and have done few of 1000 CR.

The Q is which choice weakens argument. E) may not support argument but it does not weaken it either.

Even i have done the same but i dont know still i get so CR wrong!!
same with RC!! neutral options do matter
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07 Sep 2008, 08:55
'E' seems to strengthen the conclusion.

Conclusion says "clearly people have more money to spend on vacations"

So increase in passengers of domestic airlines supports that people have more money to spend(they are not business trip .... as its not mentioned in the option 'E')

IMO 'E'
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08 Sep 2008, 18:59
IMO E.

Domestic flights do not require to cross the atlantic.. so not relevant in this case.
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08 Sep 2008, 21:14
I will go for (E)
Conclusion: people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.
=> "People have more money" Find in the answer choice that supports this.

Question- Find an answer that does not weaken- either strenthens or is neutral.

(E) says Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers-> which means that, people have more money now. Which is in between neutral and strengthen but does not weaken the conclusion.
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10 Sep 2008, 17:58
E

Between D and E:
D – Clearly weakens the argument by introducing affordability issue
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17 Nov 2010, 11:14
With POE

Wht is OA
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17 Nov 2010, 11:23
I originally selected B - but completely understand how this is a weaken because the question stem states "a booming business" for the airline industry. However forgot this when I was answering the question. Maybe its a booming business because there are less airlines? this does weaken however E has no bearing on the statement or the conclusion as it relates to the domestic market and not the transatlantic market.
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