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The highway from Ipswich to Rodway is currently overcrowded

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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 09:51
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The argument is : Widening the road to Ipswich will help in increasing the profits.
In my opinion, the correct answer would be the one which would say that the there is some other factor (and not the road) which is the reason for lower profits

I think only C and D make the cut. However, C is still in some way related to the road (as the residents of Martin have to come to Ipswich using the road).

So, D is the choice for me.

OA and OE please.


Just a slight correction, the argument is : Widening the road to Rodway from Ipswich will save the Rodway stores, which are struggling to survive.

The weakening answer will include something that either says the congestion isn't the reason why the stores are struggling to survive or it will say that widening the roads won't save the stores, which are struggling (implies to me significant increase in revenue or profit)
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 10:14
I agree edoy56.
However, the answer choice still remains the same for me.
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 10:36
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The weakening answer will include something that either says the congestion isn't the reason why the stores are struggling to survive or it will say that widening the roads won't save the stores, which are struggling (implies to me significant increase in revenue or profit)


Good analysis! However premise clearly states that "congestion is deterring potential customers from visiting Rodway's stores". As premises are considered true, we cannot weaken them. We can weaken the logical reasoning or the link between premises and conclusions or the conclusion itself. So, as per your analysis, only one weakening option remains: "or it will say that widening the roads won't save the stores, which are struggling ". Considering this, correct/incorrect choices become more evident.



Thanks for the clarification, great point
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 11:12
Thanks Mayank.

Now I see it, E makes more sense.
Since the profit for stores in Martin have increased only slightly after connecting to Ipswich, there is no reason to believe that Rodway stores would benefit in case the road is made.
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2011, 01:52
I will go with E,plz correct me if am wrong.
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2011, 02:03
I would go with A. OA pls
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 10:52
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2011, 22:19
Im into C here.


The construction necessary to widen the road will block an additional lane of traffic, temporarily adding to the congestion.---hmm..good weakener but not good enough. After the construction, the sales could dramatically increase
The stores in Rodway are only profitable during the holiday shopping season.--ok..so what?
Martin is a thriving metropolis whose residents have several times the purchasing power of those of Ipswich..better one. It suggests that the good sales of the products are due to the higher purchasing power, not due to the construction of road
The owners of Rodway's stores are spending their revenue on advertising and marketing rather than on purchasing new merchandise.---The author is talking is about the existing mercahndise. If they dont sell well, what will he do with the new merchandise?
Martin's stores have only experienced a slight increase in profits since the road from Ipswich was widened.slight increase in profits is still good to survive..its about survival, not about profits....this is a nice shell-game fallacy...both the underlined parts are present in the premises but the construction of the phrases doesn't weaken the argument(I guess so)

But if the ans is E, I really wonder what the author's reasoning is. I really find a lot of difference between survival and getting high profits. And this option does not say profits decreased. I said that the profits slightly increased. Oh man!!!..This question troubles me
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 03:55
it's a good question, I go for C, however I dunno how to deface E!
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 03:56
:!: it's a good question, I go for C, however I dunno how to deface E!
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 08:27
first i thought it would be D but now i think its B.
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 09:06
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first i thought it would be D but now i think its B.


this question was really confusing and i am still clueless about the answer :oops:

btw here is an interesting article i read on causation & correlation -- http://www.knewton.com/lsat/free/sample ... rrelation/
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 01:20
Tricky one, IMO E. what is OA
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 17:49
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 22:53
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Re: CR - 700 level - traffic [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 18:36
I went for A too because the Rodway stores are already struggling to survive and the contruction will block an entire lane further increasing congestion and killing off the businesses.

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I will go with "A"

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Re: The highway from Ipswich to Rodway is currently overcrowded [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 05:43
Logic: If Martin’s stores did not benefit, means people from Martin probably went to Ipswich to do shopping. Similarly, the widening of roads could benefit Ipswich more than Rodway. And this will make the situation worse for Rodway. Hence good reason to undermine the argument.
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