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Which of the following completes the argument below.

Twenty percent of the stores in Morganville's downtown shopping district will fail within give years because they will be competing directly with the Savemart discount department store newly openedd in East Morganville. The downtown shopping district jas lost business at this rate before and has always completey rebounded. Confidence that will rebound again from the losses it is now about to suffer is ill founded, however, because _____________________

a) the stores likely to be put out of business by direct competition from Savemart are the downton shopping district's anchor stores, on whose ability to draw shoppers many of the other downtown stores depend

b) the bus line that has long connected the downtown area of Morganville with East Morganville has a tradition of carrying shoppers who reside in East Morganville into downtown Morganville to shop

c) when the downtown shopping district has rebounced before, the business premises of a failed business were typically taken over by a business of the same kind as had been there before

d) Savemart's business plan for teh East Morganville store is based on earning low profits, if any, during the first 5 years of store's existence

e) it is conceivable that the downtown shopping district could shrink substantially without collapsing altogether
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clear A .We have choice between A,C
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Which of the following completes the argument below.

Twenty percent of the stores in Morganville's downtown shopping district will fail within give years because they will be competing directly with the Savemart discount department store newly openedd in East Morganville. The downtown shopping district jas lost business at this rate before and has always completey rebounded. Confidence that will rebound again from the losses it is now about to suffer is ill founded, however, because _____________________

a) the stores likely to be put out of business by direct competition from Savemart are the downton shopping district's anchor stores, on whose ability to draw shoppers many of the other downtown stores depend

b) the bus line that has long connected the downtown area of Morganville with East Morganville has a tradition of carrying shoppers who reside in East Morganville into downtown Morganville to shop

c) when the downtown shopping district has rebounced before, the business premises of a failed business were typically taken over by a business of the same kind as had been there before

d) Savemart's business plan for teh East Morganville store is based on earning low profits, if any, during the first 5 years of store's existence

e) it is conceivable that the downtown shopping district could shrink substantially without collapsing altogether



Can someone explain this using POE Why is B,C,D,E wrong ??? And what the heck is an "Anchor Store"??? :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Can someone explain this using POE Why is B,C,D,E wrong ???


Because the area has experienced a downturn before, one can predict that there is something specific to Savemart to support the argument that this time is different and there will not be a rebound. Armed with that prediction, A clearly fits the bill.

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And what the heck is an "Anchor Store"??? :roll: :roll: :roll:


If a hotel is built next to a stadium, the stadium is acting as an anchor to draw lodging patrons. Without the stadium, and its sports and events, why stay at the hotel?
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Answer is A.
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Very confusing but somehow proved that A is correct, A clearly says the relation how Savemart will make difference this year which will not help dowtown stored to rebound. C doesnt say that relation.
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IMO A
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doesn't inserting "however" in the sentence point to a reason that the downtown shopping district will rebound?
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By POE i corrected this one. Nice one.
Better explanation is needed....
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Which of the following completes the argument below.

Twenty percent of the stores in Morganville's downtown shopping district will fail within give years because they will be competing directly with the Savemart discount department store newly openedd in East Morganville. The downtown shopping district jas lost business at this rate before and has always completey rebounded. Confidence that will rebound again from the losses it is now about to suffer is ill founded, however, because _____________________

a) the stores likely to be put out of business by direct competition from Savemart are the downton shopping district's anchor stores, on whose ability to draw shoppers many of the other downtown stores depend

b) the bus line that has long connected the downtown area of Morganville with East Morganville has a tradition of carrying shoppers who reside in East Morganville into downtown Morganville to shop

c) when the downtown shopping district has rebounced before, the business premises of a failed business were typically taken over by a business of the same kind as had been there before

d) Savemart's business plan for teh East Morganville store is based on earning low profits, if any, during the first 5 years of store's existence

e) it is conceivable that the downtown shopping district could shrink substantially without collapsing altogether


Though I got this one wrong (read conclusion incorrectly :-( ), gave a second thought and here is my reasoning for A to be better than C.

Conclusion: author says that confidence that stores will bounce back in business is ill founded.

Now how this conclusion can fail:
1. There may be something that is pulling consumers towards old stores.
2. Old stores can't reduce their prices further to pull customers.

Now lets begin with options:
keeping option A side

Option B: irreleavant, we are not concerned with buss line.
Option C: We are looking for a reason why business will not come back again, this goes opposite. It says new business will come up.
Option D: What happens after 5 years is out of context of this argument. Moreover this doesn't help us to know why business will not be able to come up.
Option E: Argument says 20% business will go down, it further says that in past these business bounced back. Now this phenomenon will not happen again.
Does this choice will help us to evaluate why business will not come up.
It is just says 100 shops will reduce to 50 shops now. Is this information relevant to us ?

Option A:
If shops depended on something that attracted customers towards old market, now that attraction is removed and customers will not come back.
This gives us the reason why author thinks that business will not come back.
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Which of the following completes the argument below.

Twenty percent of the stores in Morganville's downtown shopping district will fail within give years because they will be competing directly with the Savemart discount department store newly openedd in East Morganville. The downtown shopping district jas lost business at this rate before and has always completey rebounded. Confidence that will rebound again from the losses it is now about to suffer is ill founded, however, because _____________________

a) the stores likely to be put out of business by direct competition from Savemart are the downton shopping district's anchor stores, on whose ability to draw shoppers many of the other downtown stores depend

b) the bus line that has long connected the downtown area of Morganville with East Morganville has a tradition of carrying shoppers who reside in East Morganville into downtown Morganville to shop

c) when the downtown shopping district has rebounced before, the business premises of a failed business were typically taken over by a business of the same kind as had been there before

d) Savemart's business plan for teh East Morganville store is based on earning low profits, if any, during the first 5 years of store's existence

e) it is conceivable that the downtown shopping district could shrink substantially without collapsing altogether


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Which of the following completes the argument below.

Twenty percent of the stores in Morganville's downtown shopping district will fail within give years because they will be competing directly with the Savemart discount department store newly openedd in East Morganville. The downtown shopping district jas lost business at this rate before and has always completey rebounded. Confidence that will rebound again from the losses it is now about to suffer is ill founded, however, because _____________________

a) the stores likely to be put out of business by direct competition from Savemart are the downton shopping district's anchor stores, on whose ability to draw shoppers many of the other downtown stores depend

b) the bus line that has long connected the downtown area of Morganville with East Morganville has a tradition of carrying shoppers who reside in East Morganville into downtown Morganville to shop

c) when the downtown shopping district has rebounced before, the business premises of a failed business were typically taken over by a business of the same kind as had been there before

d) Savemart's business plan for teh East Morganville store is based on earning low profits, if any, during the first 5 years of store's existence

e) it is conceivable that the downtown shopping district could shrink substantially without collapsing altogether


Somebody please explain this.


The Downtown Shopping District has suffered losses before but it has rebounded. However this time it will not rebound. The correct answer should indicate a difference between the past conditions and the current conditions, the difference that would cause the Downtown shopping district NOT to rebound this time. Option A states this difference:

This time the losses will be due to closing of some key stores of the Downtown Shopping district - therefore the district would not be able to come back in business. These key stores attract customers for other "non-key" stores as well. So both key-stores and non-key stores will suffer this time. Previously the non-key stores suffered, therefore there was a temporary loss of business, because customers still used to come for the key-stores, eventually giving rise to development of new non-key stores and causing a rebound in business.
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