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# There are far fewer children available for adoption than

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. There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt. Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?
(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last decade.
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of adoptions in any preceding year.
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period.
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of interviews and investigation by adoption agencies.
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents.
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08 Jun 2004, 12:26
I will go with C
Say, # of children available to be adopted= X
# or couples willing to adopt = Y

Then number of adoptions per yr = Minimum(X,Y) which is equal to X (as per C). This is consistent to the conclusion.
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08 Jun 2004, 13:18
C it is
We have to make sure that # of adoptions equal # of children available of adoption (which is obviously less than # of couples waiting for adoptions).

If there are 50000 adoptions and # of children is 50000, then we can say for sure that # of children available for adoption is less than # of couples, which is 2million

If there are 50000 adoptions and # of children is 3 million then we cannot conclude that # of children is less than # of couples waiting to adopt a child(2 million). Despite the large # of children available, a possible explanation to the only 50k adoptions could happen say because of the time needed to match a child to a couple
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