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Both have different OA's. So, i am posting this topic again for final discussion.

A product that represents a clear technological advance over competing products can generally command a high price. Because technological advances tend to be quickly surpassed and companies want to make large profits while they still can, many companies charge the greatest price the market will bear when they have such a product. But large profits on the new product will give competitors a strong incentive to quickly match the new product’s capabilities. Consequently, the strategy to maximize overall profit from a new product is to charge less than the greatest possible price.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to justify a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
D. The first is a consideration raised in support of a strategy the argument endorses; the second presents grounds in support of that consideration.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
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26 May 2009, 22:53
The set of these answer choices is somehow different from that of the 2 links you posted
In this question, I will choose B
Argument: Consequently, the strategy to maximize overall profit from a new product is to charge less than the greatest possible price
Strategy of the 1st boldface: many companies charge the greatest price the market will bear when they have such a product
Strategy that argument supports: to charge less than the greatest possible price

A product that represents a clear technological advance over competing products can generally command a high price. Because technological advances tend to be quickly surpassed and companies want to make large profits while they still can, many companies charge the greatest price the market will bear when they have such a product. But large profits on the new product will give competitors a strong incentive to quickly match the new product’s capabilities. Consequently, the strategy to maximize overall profit from a new product is to charge less than the greatest possible price.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument -->1st ok, 2nd: not the course of action of the argument -->wrong
B. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy --> the best
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to justify a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption -->1st ok, 2nd not cast doubt on the assumption but on the strategy -->wrong
D. The first is a consideration raised in support of a strategy the argument endorses; the second presents grounds in support of that consideration -->1st not support the strategy of argument -->wrong
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy -->reverse the role of each boldface-->wrong
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27 May 2009, 09:37
I agree with B for the same reasons explained above.
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27 May 2009, 22:39
Me to go with B
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27 May 2009, 23:06
B for me

A product that represents a clear technological advance over competing products can generally command a high price. Because technological advances tend to be quickly surpassed and companies want to make large profits while they still can, many companies charge the greatest price the market will bear when they have such a product. But large profits on the new product will give competitors a strong incentive to quickly match the new product’s capabilities. Consequently, the strategy to maximize overall profit from a new product is to charge less than the greatest possible price.

The first part is not an assumption thus A & C are out. Between B,D,E Both in D & E the second part support the strategy where as in Question it is questioning and suggesting a different strategy thus I pick B, it took time to get to B though, Good one !

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to justify a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
D. The first is a consideration raised in support of a strategy the argument endorses; the second presents grounds in support of that consideration.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
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09 Jun 2009, 03:14
B for me too.
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09 Jun 2009, 05:11
Another vote for 'B'
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13 Jun 2009, 22:14
Its a tough choice between A and B....But since A talks about the second boldface as a course of action, this choice can be avoided....So B for me as well....
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06 Jan 2011, 14:30
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Its a tough choice between A and B....But since A talks about the second boldface as a course of action, this choice can be avoided....So B for me as well....

sorry for the question, but...what is a course of action? the argument itself?
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12 Jan 2011, 12:39
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trainspotting wrote:
Its a tough choice between A and B....But since A talks about the second boldface as a course of action, this choice can be avoided....So B for me as well....

sorry for the question, but...what is a course of action? the argument itself?

A course of action is a strategy (i.e. charge the highest price for that product).
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