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The new dietary supplement about to be
released into the market will greatly help those
trying to lose weight. During a medical study,
65% of those who took the supplement on a
daily basis lost an average of 10 pounds over
the course of a month.
Which of the statements below would most
weaken the authorâ€™s argument?
 All the members of the study were
determined by medical professionals to be
significantly overweight.
 35% of the people in the study gained 2â€“3
pounds each over the course of a month.
 As soon as the members of the study
stopped taking the supplement, any weight
 The 65% who lost weight also engaged in a
new daily exercise routine over the same
time period.
 All dietary supplements must obtain federal
approval before release into the market.
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12 Oct 2004, 22:20
I got it as D. the conclusion is that 65% lost weight because of the pill. But, D gives another reason(daily exercise routine) for the weight loss.
Thus, the causal argument is weakened because of another cause.

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The new dietary supplement about to be
released into the market will greatly help those
trying to lose weight. During a medical study,
65% of those who took the supplement on a
daily basis lost an average of 10 pounds over
the course of a month.
Which of the statements below would most
weaken the authorâ€™s argument?
 All the members of the study were
determined by medical professionals to be
significantly overweight.
 35% of the people in the study gained 2â€“3
pounds each over the course of a month.
 As soon as the members of the study
stopped taking the supplement, any weight
 The 65% who lost weight also engaged in a
new daily exercise routine over the same
time period.
 All dietary supplements must obtain federal
approval before release into the market.

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Chandra

Re: CR - Medical Study - Weakener   [#permalink] 12 Oct 2004, 22:20
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