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A particular phenomenon has been observed in the relationship between
age and attire. The more formally a person is dressed, the older the
average observer will gauge him or her to be. Thus, the average
observer viewing two men, one wearing a business suit and the other
wearing casual clothing, will generally estimate the man in the
business suit to be five years older than the man wearing casual
clothing.

The conclusion of the argument above would be more properly drawn if
which of the following were true?

A. The age of the man wearing the business suit is greater than that
of the man wearing casual clothing.
B. The older a man is, the more likely it is that he will wear a
C. The age of the man wearing the business suit is equal to the age of
the man wearing casual clothing.
D. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate
regarding casually dressed people than formally dressed people.
E. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate
regarding formally dressed people than casually dressed people.

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17 May 2009, 01:11
trainspotting wrote:
A particular phenomenon has been observed in the relationship between
age and attire. The more formally a person is dressed, the older the
average observer will gauge him or her to be. Thus, the average
observer viewing two men, one wearing a business suit and the other
wearing casual clothing, will generally estimate the man in the
business suit to be five years older than the man wearing casual
clothing.

The conclusion of the argument above would be more properly drawn if
which of the following were true?

A. The age of the man wearing the business suit is greater than that
of the man wearing casual clothing.
B. The older a man is, the more likely it is that he will wear a
C. The age of the man wearing the business suit is equal to the age of
the man wearing casual clothing.
D. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate
regarding casually dressed people than formally dressed people.
E. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate
regarding formally dressed people than casually dressed people.

If the man in suit actually is older than the man in causual clothing, the estimate falls down. C should be the best
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17 May 2009, 03:15
This is an assumption, IMO C

A particular phenomenon has been observed in the relationship between
age and attire. The more formally a person is dressed, the older the
average observer will gauge him or her to be. Thus, the average
observer viewing two men, one wearing a business suit and the other
wearing casual clothing, will generally estimate the man in the
business suit to be five years older than the man wearing casual
clothing.

The conclusion of the argument above would be more properly drawn if
which of the following were true?

A. The age of the man wearing the business suit is greater than that
of the man wearing casual clothing -->if true, this weaken the argument. The observer does not depend on the appearance of the 2 people but he knows this fact
B. The older a man is, the more likely it is that he will wear a
business suit -->too ambiguous. from which time of his age will his oldness be calculated ?
C. The age of the man wearing the business suit is equal to the age of
the man wearing casual clothing -->using negating technique: The age of the man wearing the business suit is not equal to the age of the man wearing casual clothing. this will weaken the argument: there's a possibility that the observer judges the ages of the two man by knowing that one is older than the other, not by depending on their appearances
D. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate
regarding casually dressed people than formally dressed people -->no influence
E. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate
regarding formally dressed people than casually dressed people -->no influence
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17 May 2009, 13:13
trainspotting wrote:
A particular phenomenon has been observed in the relationship between age and attire. The more formally a person is dressed, the older the average observer will gauge him or her to be. Thus, the average observer viewing two men, one wearing a business suit and the other wearing casual clothing, will generally estimate the man in the
business suit to be five years older than the man wearing casual clothing.

The conclusion of the argument above would be more properly drawn if which of the following were true?

A. The age of the man wearing the business suit is greater than that of the man wearing casual clothing.
B. The older a man is, the more likely it is that he will wear a business suit.
C. The age of the man wearing the business suit is equal to the age of the man wearing casual clothing.
D. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate regarding casually dressed people than formally dressed people.
E. The average observer’s estimates of age are generally more accurate regarding formally dressed people than casually dressed people.

The argument is formality of dress ---> higher perceived age.

(C) is the only choice that doesn't offer an alternative explanation to the results of the study, thus (C) is the only possible choice that strengthens the argument.

(A) suggests that actual age is brought about the study's results; (B) reverses the original logic; D & E argues that observers' perceptions caused the results, & not the test's variables.
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11 Jun 2009, 03:33
It's B for me.

What's the OA?
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11 Jun 2009, 10:06
OA is C...............

bkumars8 wrote:
It's B for me.

What's the OA?

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11 Jun 2009, 10:44
I think C is correct.
We need to concentrate on the word "Gauge". Observers guages the age based on the attire. So, even if the 2 men are of same age, the observer guages one to be older than other based on their attire. Hence, if C is true, it will strengthen the argument.
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13 Jun 2009, 23:21
Agree! it's definitely C

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