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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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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2004, 07:29
I feel the answer should be A. The second statement seems to give an additional information that is not the assumption made in this question stem.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2004, 09:06
It seems to be 1....

But I guess Paul wont re-post this question..just like that..there would be some trap...

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2004, 10:35
First of all I didnt want to reply to this question. But what the heck :shock:

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
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2004, 10:42
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. :-D
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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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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2004, 10:45
Hi sarnia,

I am in the same state as you are.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2004, 23:48
I do feel comfortable with (1). Another choice contributes nothing.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2004, 01:59
i'd go with (1) also, but what is the official answer? and why there are only 2 options?
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