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# The mayor plans to deactivate the city's fire alarm boxes

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Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

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Editorial: The mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes, because most calls received from them are false alarms. The mayor claims that the alarm boxes are no longer necessary, since most people now have access to either public or private telephone. But the city’s commercial district, where there is the greatest risk of fire, has few residents and few public telephones, so some alarm boxes are still necessary.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the editorial’s argument?

(A) Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs the city more than five million dollars annually.
(B) Commercial buildings have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly to the fire department.
(C) The fire department gets less information from an alarm box than it does from a telephone call.
(D) The city’s fire department is located much closer to the residential areas than to the commercial district.
(E) On average, almost 25 percent of the public telephones in the city are out of order.
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01 Sep 2004, 11:45
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If there are auto fire alarms then there is no need for manual fire alram boxes used to call the fire dept. Hence even though there are no pub phones in comm district, the comm district is still safe without the manual fire alarm boxes
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01 Sep 2004, 11:59
B.

But, I was getting confused between B & E.
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01 Sep 2004, 12:03
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B.

But, I was getting confused between B & E.

I think E is incomplete
The arg says "since most people now have access to either public or private telephone" whereas E talks about only public telephones
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01 Sep 2004, 13:50
Can somebody tell me what is the conclusion which we are trying to weaken?
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01 Sep 2004, 16:44
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Can somebody tell me what is the conclusion which we are trying to weaken?
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so some alarm boxes are still necessary - is the conclusion.
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01 Sep 2004, 16:49
B for sure ! We want to find something that weakens this particular stance "City commercial buildings need alarm boxes because they have no phopnes"

(B) does just that. If the building all have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly (note the key words here) to the fire department, then fire boxes are completely redundant because no one is going it, ever.

In (E), tellign us 25% of the public telephones in the city are out of order does not dispute the argument that alarm boxes are not required.
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01 Jul 2014, 01:42
I have been fallen into trap answer B.

I chose B because B support the fact that why alarm box is not required. By now I have realized that argument is about why alarm box is required in commercial building.
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26 Jul 2014, 21:45
Wilfred,

What has to be weakened here? Mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes or the commercial or necessity of alarm boxes in city’s commercial district? I am confused. Opted answer E assuming that since public telephones are not necessary, alarm boxes should be present.
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