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This one problem is from Sarnia. In the hope that she will give an OA soon, I post this question here to see what other people think. I think it is a good question.

Some accountants calculate with simple adding machines, and some use complex computers. One can perform more calculations in less time with a computer than with an adding machine. Therefore assuming the cost of using the two types of machines are equal, an accountant who uses a computer generally can earn more per hour than an accountant who uses an adding machine

Which one of the following is an assumption that would make the conclusion in the passage a logical one?

1) The more calculations an accountant perform, the more money he or she will earn

2) In general, accountants vary in terms of the number of calculations they make and the amount of money they earn
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First of all I didnt want to reply to this question. But what the heck

There are two problems with Choice 2.
First the word "generally". This immidiately puts the choice 2 in a gray area.
Second let us negate this -
In general, accountants do not vary in terms of the number of calculations they make and the amount of money they earn The accountants may not vary in number of calculations they make. But given some equipment they can definitely boost their capabilities to do more computations. So the negation infact supports the argument.

If a negation of an assumption makes the argument fall apart then that assumption is perfect

A is the OA and Paul I have been really busy. You took your exam and don't have the stress that those of us that have not taken this bloody exam yet have.

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First of all I didnt want to reply to this question. But what the heck

Why anad, your explanation is very helpful.
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Paul wrote:

This one problem is from Sarnia. In the hope that she will give an OA soon, I post this question here to see what other people think. I think it is a good question.

Some accountants calculate with simple adding machines, and some use complex computers. One can perform more calculations in less time with a computer than with an adding machine. Therefore assuming the cost of using the two types of machines are equal, an accountant who uses a computer generally can earn more per hour than an accountant who uses an adding machine

Which one of the following is an assumption that would make the conclusion in the passage a logical one?

1) The more calculations an accountant perform, the more money he or she will earn

2) In general, accountants vary in terms of the number of calculations they make and the amount of money they earn

Is the OA 2?

I think 1 is an inference and 2 is an assumption. Let me give it a try

what is stated in the passage : 1. Some accountants use calculators and some use computers. 2. Accountants who use calculators can make more money if they use computers.

These points considered together, point to two things. 1. There are accountants who use computers make more calculations. 2. Because it is stated in the passage that accountants can make more money if they use computers, which means that the accountants who are using computers are making more money, there are differently earning accountants present.

Option 1 also looks good..But would pick 2.
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