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New post 15 Apr 2019, 22:36
Hi everyone,

I don't understand choice B. What does "making good the offer" mean?
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By POE B stands out but unable to understand what exactly B is saying.
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New post 27 Sep 2019, 06:28
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By POE B stands out but unable to understand what exactly B is saying.

There was a small typo in choice (B). It should be "making good ON the offer", not "making good the offer".

To "make good" is to "fulfill an obligation". For example, "My friend said that he would buy me dinner, but he never made good on the offer." That means that my friend never actually bought me dinner, even though he said he would.

Similarly, the electric vehicle producer says that it will offer customers three days free rental of a conventional car for every 1,000 miles that they drive their electric vehicle. However, we don't know whether the producer will actually do that. Perhaps the producer underestimated the cost of giving away the free rentals and thus will have to renege (break the promise).

I hope that helps!
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I don't see why E is wrong. E says that people use vehicles for short commutes and have no longer commutes to make. Since people need only conventional vehicles for long drives, most of them won't be tempted by the offer of 3 free days. Thus, the plan will fail. GMATNinja any advice?

B on the other hand says a lot of people will make good on the offer, which is exactly what the manufacture set out to find.

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A major impediment to wide acceptance of electric vehicles even on the part of people who use their cars almost exclusively for commuting is the inability to use electric vehicles for occasional extended trips. In an attempt to make purchasing electric vehicles more attractive to commuters, one electric vehicle producer is planning to offer customers three days free rental of a conventional car for every 1,000 miles that they drive their electric vehicle.

Situation - Limited acceptance of electric vehicles even on the part of people who use their cars almost exclusively for commuting.
Impediment - The inability to use electric vehicles for occasional extended trips
Proposed plan - To offer customers three days free rental of a conventional car for every 1,000 miles that they drive their electric vehicle.
Q : Plan is NOT good.

Which of the following, if true, most threatens the plan's prospects for success?

(A) Many eclectic vehicles that are used for commercial purposes are not needed for extended trips.
We are concerned about commuters in general not with those who will be using eclectic vehicles only for commercial purposes. What about those who are using eclectic vehicles for other usages? :?: They [i]may be needing these vehicles for occasional long/extended trips :idea: [/i]

Also, as the argument itself lays emphasis on the fact - major impediment to wide acceptance of electric vehicles even on the part of people who use their cars almost exclusively for commuting is the inability to use electric vehicles for occasional extended trips. This option is irrelevant.

(B) Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles a week, the cost to the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles.

The cost to the producer of making good the offer --> would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles.[/b]

This option means that the already high prices of the electric vehicles will increase considerably. That is, the customers will have to spent a significant amount of bucks for buying these vehicles. So, instead of the proposed offer, the considerable high price will then be the impediment to the wide acceptance of these vehicles. Therefore, correct answer.

(C) The relatively long time it takes to recharge the battery of an electric vehicle can easily be fitted into the regular patterns of car use characteristic of commuters.
so what?? if that is true? This option slightly strengthens the plan. So, incorrect.

(D) Although eclectic vehicles are essentially emission-free in actual use, generating the electricity necessary for charging an electric vehicle's battery can burden the environment.
Damage/Burden to environment is out of scope for the problem in hand. How does it prove that the plan is bad??

(E) Some family vehicles are used primarily not for commuting but for making short local trips, such as to do errands.
Some = Atleast One. So, if some people are using vehicles for short local trips that really does not matter. The primary purpose of the trip is totally out of context.

If anything, the vehicles are used for the short local trips then plan will be successful, if we think deep.
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I don't see why E is wrong. E says that people use vehicles for short commutes and have no longer commutes to make. Since people need only conventional vehicles for long drives, most of them won't be tempted by the offer of 3 free days. Thus, the plan will fail. GMATNinja any advice?

B on the other hand says a lot of people will make good on the offer, which is exactly what the manufacture set out to find.

The question asks us which answer choice would “most threaten the plan’s prospect for success,” so before getting to the answer choices we need to understand exactly what “success” looks like.

Overall, the vehicle producer’s goal is to “make purchasing electric vehicles more attractive to commuters.” So, we need to determine how each answer choice would affect the success of achieving this specific goal.

With that in mind, take a look at (E):
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(E) Some family vehicles are used primarily not for commuting but for making short local trips, such as to do errands

Remember, the vehicle producer’s goal is to make electric vehicles more attractive to commuters. (E) tells us that some family vehicles are not used for commuting. Because the vehicle producer only cares about attracting commuters, the information in (E) does not threaten the success of the plan.

In addition, the fact that some family vehicles are "primarily" used for errands rather than for commutes doesn’t mean that those families do not occasionally want to make longer drives. So, the offer of a rental conventional car might be just as attractive to families who use their vehicle for errands rather than for commuting.

Finally, as vnigam21 mentioned,the word “some” stands out. Even if the information in (E) affected the vehicle producer's plan, it would be hard to say that it would seriously threaten the plan as a whole.

For these reasons, (E) is out.

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(B) Because a majority of commuters drive at least 100 miles a week, the cost to the producer of making good the offer would add considerably to the already high price of electric vehicles.

(B) tells us that the cost of electric vehicles would go up if the producer went ahead with its plan. The goal of the producer's plan is to make electric vehicles more attractive to commuters. (B) gives us a solid reason that the plan would not accomplish this goal -- maybe commuters would enjoy the ability to rent conventional cars, but that factor now has to be weighed against the increased cost of purchasing an electric vehicle.

Because the information in this answer choice would make purchasing an electric vehicle less attractive to commuters, (B) threatens the success of the producer's plan.

I hope that helps!
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