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# A large company has been convicted of engaging in monopolistic

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A large company has been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices. The penalty imposed on the company will probably have little if any effect on its behavior. Still, the trial was worthwhile, since it provided useful information about the company’s practices. After all, this information has emboldened the company’s direct competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior toward customers and competitors.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the overall conclusion drawn in the argument?

(A) Even if the company had not been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices, the trial probably would have had some effect on the company’s behavior.

(B) The light shed on the company’s practices by the trial has emboldened its competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior.

(C) The penalty imposed on the company will likely have little or no effect on its behavior.

(D) The company’s trial on charges of engaging in monopolistic practices was worthwhile.

(E) The penalty imposed on the company in the trial should have been larger.

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16 Jan 2019, 21:02
Akela wrote:
A large company has been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices. The penalty imposed on the company will probably have little if any effect on its behavior. Still, the trial was worthwhile, since it provided useful information about the company’s practices. After all, this information has emboldened the company’s direct competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior toward customers and competitors.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the overall conclusion drawn in the argument?

(A) Even if the company had not been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices, the trial probably would have had some effect on the company’s behavior.

(B) The light shed on the company’s practices by the trial has emboldened its competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior.

(C) The penalty imposed on the company will likely have little or no effect on its behavior.

(D) The company’s trial on charges of engaging in monopolistic practices was worthwhile.

(E) The penalty imposed on the company in the trial should have been larger.

So if we break the above argument in pieces, we realize the inline
1) Large company is convicted of ill practices.
2) They will still continue with those practices.
3) Conviction was worthwhile, as it provided people with valuable insights.

(A) Even if the company had not been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices, the trial probably would have had some effect on the company’s behavior.
This doesn't sum up the intent of the argument.

(B) The light shed on the company’s practices by the trial has emboldened its competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior.
Lets keep this one on hold for now(Since we had read the same lines in the argument)

(C) The penalty imposed on the company will likely have little or no effect on its behavior.
This is not the main idea.(just part of the argument)

(D) The company’s trial on charges of engaging in monopolistic practices was worthwhile.
This one does sum up the whole argument .

(E) The penalty imposed on the company in the trial should have been larger.
Irrelevant

Lets go back to B
The light shed on the company’s practices by the trial has emboldened its competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior.
Isnt this part too extreme, that is contradicting one of the premises.

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21 Jan 2019, 21:49
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A large company has been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices. The penalty imposed on the company will probably have little if any effect on its behavior. Still, the trial was worthwhile, since it provided useful information about the company’s practices. After all, this information has emboldened the company’s direct competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior toward customers and competitors.

Boil it down-
A large company has been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices-> Background information. There has been a conviction.
The penalty imposed on the company will probably have little if any effect on its behavior-> Opposing point. Do not expect the conviction to change behavior.
Still, the trial was worthwhile, since it provided useful information about the company’s practices. ->Turnaround word "still" which, when following an opposing point, almost always introduces evidence or the conclusion. We get another indicator word, "since," which tells us that what follows it is offered in support of what came before it. That makes the first part of this line a conclusion and the second part evidence.
After all, this information has emboldened the company’s direct competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior toward customers and competitors.-> "After all" indicates a continuation, and since what came before it is a premise, we know this line to be a premise as well, making the first part of line 3 the main conclusion.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the overall conclusion drawn in the argument?

(A) Even if the company had not been convicted of engaging in monopolistic practices, the trial probably would have had some effect on the company’s behavior. - Incorrect

(B) The light shed on the company’s practices by the trial has emboldened its competitors, alerted potential rivals, and forced the company to restrain its unfair behavior. -incorrect; supports the main conclusion

(C) The penalty imposed on the company will likely have little or no effect on its behavior. - Incorrect

(D) The company’s trial on charges of engaging in monopolistic practices was worthwhile. - Correct

(E) The penalty imposed on the company in the trial should have been larger. - Out of scope

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28 Jan 2019, 05:02

As it clearly captures the idea the passage is trying to convey.
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28 Jan 2019, 19:56
Why A is wrong?

Conclusion: if compny's practicess are exposed to competitors, this forces cmpny to restrain unfair behavior towards competition and customer
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