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A child learning to play the piano will not succeed unless the child has an instrument at home on which to practice. However, good-quality pianos, whether new or secondhand, are costly. Buying one is justified only if the child has the necessary talent and perseverance, which is precisely what one cannot know in advance. Consequently, parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the course of action recommended for parents?

(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound.

(B) Reputable piano teachers do not accept children as pupils unless they know that the children can practice on a piano at home.

(C) Ideally, the piano on which a child practices at home should be located in a room away from family activities going on at the same time.

(D) Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first, but then appear to stand still for a considerable period of time.

(E) In some parents, spending increasing amounts of money on having their children learn to play the piano produces increasing anxiety to hear immediate results.

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A child learning to play the piano will not succeed unless the child has an instrument at home on which to practice. However, good-quality pianos, whether new or secondhand, are costly. Buying one is justified only if the child has the necessary talent and perseverance, which is precisely what one cannot know in advance. Consequently, parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the course of action recommended for parents?

(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound.

(B) Reputable piano teachers do not accept children as pupils unless they know that the children can practice on a piano at home.

(C) Ideally, the piano on which a child practices at home should be located in a room away from family activities going on at the same time.

(D) Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first, but then appear to stand still for a considerable period of time.

(E) In some parents, spending increasing amounts of money on having their children learn to play the piano produces increasing anxiety to hear immediate results.


The course of action..
First let the kid play in second hand instruments. If the kid has genuine talent, pick up the expensive ones..

Flaw in this argument..

All choices except A fail to talk about the course of action and are invariably out of scope/context.

A clearly gives a reason to believe that the kid inspite of talent may lose interest if the instrument does not take out actual pleasing notes/sounds..

A
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A child learning to play the piano will not succeed unless the child has an instrument at home on which to practice. However, good-quality pianos, whether new or secondhand, are costly. Buying one is justified only if the child has the necessary talent and perseverance, which is precisely what one cannot know in advance. Consequently, parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the course of action recommended for parents?

(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound.

(B) Reputable piano teachers do not accept children as pupils unless they know that the children can practice on a piano at home.

(C) Ideally, the piano on which a child practices at home should be located in a room away from family activities going on at the same time.

(D) Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first, but then appear to stand still for a considerable period of time.

(E) In some parents, spending increasing amounts of money on having their children learn to play the piano produces increasing anxiety to hear immediate results.


The course of action..
First let the kid play in second hand instruments. If the kid has genuine talent, pick up the expensive ones..

Flaw in this argument..

All choices except A fail to talk about the course of action and are invariably out of scope/context.

A clearly gives a reason to believe that the kid inspite of talent may lose interest if the instrument does not take out actual pleasing notes/sounds..

A

Just saw a mistake in marked answer
Shouldn't correct answer be option A and not C
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Online test bank question number : CR03826

A child learning to play the piano will not succeed unless the child has an instrument at home on which to practice. However, good-quality pianos, whether new or secondhand, are costly. Buying one is justified only if the child has the necessary talent and perseverance, which is precisely what one cannot know in advance. Consequently, parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the course of action recommended for parents?

(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound.

(B) Reputable piano teachers do not accept children as pupils unless they know that the children can practice on a piano at home.

(C) Ideally, the piano on which a child practices at home should be located in a room away from family activities going on at the same time.

(D) Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first, but then appear to stand still for a considerable period of time.

(E) In some parents, spending increasing amounts of money on having their children learn to play the piano produces increasing anxiety to hear immediate results.


The course of action..
First let the kid play in second hand instruments. If the kid has genuine talent, pick up the expensive ones..

Flaw in this argument..

All choices except A fail to talk about the course of action and are invariably out of scope/context.

A clearly gives a reason to believe that the kid inspite of talent may lose interest if the instrument does not take out actual pleasing notes/sounds..

A



I have a doubt here. How can we assume that the second hand piano will definitely produce a non pleasant sound. Any faulty piano can do so. May be the new piano is not as good as the contemporary one. I ruled out A on that basis only. Please help me on this.
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I have a doubt here. How can we assume that the second hand piano will definitely produce a non pleasant sound. Any faulty piano can do so. May be the new piano is not as good as the contemporary one. I ruled out A on that basis only. Please help me on this.


Hi nipun21

Yes you can definitely assume that but the argument clearly differentiates between a first hand piano and a second hand piano for a reason. The second hand piano would not be as good as the first hand.
Argument talks about increasing the ability of the child and stem asks us to find a choice which most doubts the course of action the parents take will increase the child's ability.

A - This statement clearly creates a doubt as the child's ability will decrease if the recommended course of action is taken. You don't need to assume whether the piano will be a faulty one or will it have all the keys.

B - Piano teachers acceptance is completely out of scope

C - Family activities is Out of scope

D - This doesn't give us a reason on what reduces child's ability

E - Spending increasing amounts of money is Out of scope
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I have a doubt here. How can we assume that the second hand piano will definitely produce a non pleasant sound. Any faulty piano can do so. May be the new piano is not as good as the contemporary one. I ruled out A on that basis only. Please help me on this.


(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound.

See, here you are not required to assume that a second hand piano definitely provide an unpleasant sound. See the highlighted text above - if - which eradicates the need to assume anything. BUT as a general truth you may assume that the sound that a second hand piano produces is generally not as good as and definitely not better than a new piano.

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A child learning to play the piano will not succeed unless the child has an instrument at home on which to practice. However, good-quality pianos, whether new or secondhand, are costly. Buying one is justified only if the child has the necessary talent and perseverance, which is precisely what one cannot know in advance. Consequently, parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven.

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Boil it down - parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven.

(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound. - Correct

(B) Reputable piano teachers do not accept children as pupils unless they know that the children can practice on a piano at home. - Incorrect - this is not applicable in our case as the child will have access to an inexpensive secondhand piano at home

(C) Ideally, the piano on which a child practices at home should be located in a room away from family activities going on at the same time. - Irrelevant

(D) Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first, but then appear to stand still for a considerable period of time. - Irrelevant - this talks about plateau in learning curve

(E) In some parents, spending increasing amounts of money on having their children learn to play the piano produces increasing anxiety to hear immediate results. - Irrelevant

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The argument suggests that parents should buy a second-hand cheap piano to the child until he or she shows amazing skillsets.
The correct answer should undermine this course of action suggested in the argument.
A- Correct. This answer choice suggests that the child will not be attracted to play the piano and will lose interest if it doesn't create a good sound.
B, C, D, and E are not related to the course of action which is suggested in the argument.
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I have a doubt here. How can we assume that the second hand piano will definitely produce a non pleasant sound. Any faulty piano can do so. May be the new piano is not as good as the contemporary one. I ruled out A on that basis only. Please help me on this.[/quote]


We cannot assume the second hand piano will definitely produce a non pleasant sound. However we can assume that an inexpensive piano will produce a no pleasant sound. The passage indicates that good pianos whether second hand or not are costly, hence it is safe to assume that inexpensive pianos will produce a non pleasant sound.

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GMAT® Official Guide Verbal Review 2019

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Question No.:
Online test bank question number : CR03826

A child learning to play the piano will not succeed unless the child has an instrument at home on which to practice. However, good-quality pianos, whether new or secondhand, are costly. Buying one is justified only if the child has the necessary talent and perseverance, which is precisely what one cannot know in advance. Consequently, parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the course of action recommended for parents?

(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound.

(B) Reputable piano teachers do not accept children as pupils unless they know that the children can practice on a piano at home.

(C) Ideally, the piano on which a child practices at home should be located in a room away from family activities going on at the same time.

(D) Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first, but then appear to stand still for a considerable period of time.

(E) In some parents, spending increasing amounts of money on having their children learn to play the piano produces increasing anxiety to hear immediate results.


The course of action..
First let the kid play in second hand instruments. If the kid has genuine talent, pick up the expensive ones..

Flaw in this argument..

All choices except A fail to talk about the course of action and are invariably out of scope/context.

A clearly gives a reason to believe that the kid inspite of talent may lose interest if the instrument does not take out actual pleasing notes/sounds..

A



I have a doubt here. How can we assume that the second hand piano will definitely produce a non pleasant sound. Any faulty piano can do so. May be the new piano is not as good as the contemporary one. I ruled out A on that basis only. Please help me on this.




We cannot assume that the second hand piano will definitely produce a non pleasant sound. However we can assume that an inexpensive piano will produce a no pleasant sound. The passage indicates that good pianos whether second hand or not are costly, hence it is safe to assume that inexpensive pianos will produce a non pleasant sound.
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Course of action -> parents should buy an inexpensive secondhand instrument at first and upgrade if and when the child's ability and inclination are proven

We have to weaken the course of action by saying -> to improve the child ability we should do something else than the stated course of action

Out of the answer options, B, C and E are irrelevant.

I took time understanding A and D.
(A) Learners, particularly those with genuine musical talent, are apt to lose interest in the instrument if they have to play on a piano that fails to produce a pleasing sound.
As the piano was faulty, the instrument is the reason for the child's inability to play piano, therefore parents should not buy faulty piano

(D) Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first, but then appear to stand still for a considerable period of time.
This is saying that the fault is with the child.
This is not even talking about the piano.

Can someone please tell me, if my reasoning for eliminating D is correct or not?
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KanishkM I wouldn't say that it's attributing any fault to the child, but it does seem to be making a comment on how skill progresses that has no relevance to the quality of the instrument. I'd add D to the "irrelevant" category for that reason. The potential appeal of this answer is that we can imagine someone being "fooled" by the child's initial promise and buying a more expensive piano, only to see the child's progress stall, but this still might be better than buying a more expensive piano right away. In any case, since the argument doesn't say when to buy the better piano and answer choice D doesn't tell us that the child won't eventually improve, D doesn't really do anything for us. (Also, there's no reason to apply this warning about "very young beginners" to all children.)
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KanishkM I wouldn't say that it's attributing any fault to the child, but it does seem to be making a comment on how skill progresses that has no relevance to the quality of the instrument. I'd add D to the "irrelevant" category for that reason. The potential appeal of this answer is that we can imagine someone being "fooled" by the child's initial promise and buying a more expensive piano, only to see the child's progress stall, but this still might be better than buying a more expensive piano right away. In any case, since the argument doesn't say when to buy the better piano and answer choice D doesn't tell us that the child won't eventually improve, D doesn't really do anything for us. (Also, there's no reason to apply this warning about "very young beginners" to all children.)


DmitryFarber Happy New year 2019 and Thank you providing a response to my query.

I understood the reason, why D was not casting any doubt on the course of action.

Am i correct by saying that such generalization as, "very young beginners", do not work on the whole idea like all children, if i had to weaken a course of action.
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Hi GMATNinja

For D apart from generalization of "very young beginners", I would like to express my line of reasoning for elimination:
If "Very young beginners often make remarkable progress at playing the piano at first" then this statement is in line with the recommendation given to parents. If parents will purchase secondhand piano first then then they won't purchase expensive piano later because child's progress would have stopped.

This one slightly supports recommendation.
Kindly check my reasoning for choice (D).

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