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# A product that represents a clear technological advance over

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10 Jul 2009, 08:48
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A product that represents a clear technological advance over competing products can generally command a high price. Because technological advances tend to be quickly surpassed and companies want to make large profits while they still can, many companies charge the greatest price the market will bear when they have such a product. But large profits on the mew product will give competitors a strong incentive to quickly match the new product’s capabilities. Consequently, the strategy to maximize overall profit from a new product is to charge less than the greatest possible price.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to justify a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
D. The first is a consideration raised in support of a strategy the argument endorses; the second presents grounds in support of that consideration.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
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10 Jul 2009, 09:00
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B imo

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to justify a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. (it is actually based on that assumption.
D. The first is a consideration raised in support of a strategy the argument endorses; the second presents grounds in support of that consideration.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
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10 Jul 2009, 11:34
Yup B.

rashminet84 wrote:
B imo

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to justify a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. (it is actually based on that assumption.
D. The first is a consideration raised in support of a strategy the argument endorses; the second presents grounds in support of that consideration.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
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10 Jul 2009, 11:39
I hate these.
It's one of those question types where I get confused between all 5 options.

But yes, Rashmine's reasoning above is appealing....... I would go with B.

But can anyone explain a simple approach of dealing these type of CRs....... or a link where this has already been done would also suffice.
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10 Jul 2009, 11:51
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Lets take example of choice A.
A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.

Take a look at the first part, see if the first boldfaced is really an assumption.
Similarly check if the second part represents a course of action.

2-3 choices will go off.
Then you need to check the semantics:)

mayankseth10 wrote:
I hate these.
It's one of those question types where I get confused between all 5 options.

But yes, Rashmine's reasoning above is appealing....... I would go with B.

But can anyone explain a simple approach of dealing these type of CRs....... or a link where this has already been done would also suffice.
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16 Jul 2009, 15:55
Can someone please explain the difference between B and D? How do we differentiate?
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16 Jul 2009, 18:23
acer2knight wrote:
Can someone please explain the difference between B and D? How do we differentiate?

the two portions are not in the same phase (note the usage of 'but' in the second boldface portion). B explains that they are out of phase, D says both are in sync
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18 Jul 2009, 10:11
Agree with B
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23 Jul 2009, 01:23
Should be B
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A product that represents a clear technological advance over competing products can generally command a high price. Because technological advances tend to be quickly surpassed and companies want to make large profits while they still can, many companies charge the greatest price the market will bear when they have such a product. But large profits on the mew product will give competitors a strong incentive to quickly match the mew product’s capabilities. Consequently, the strategy to maximize overall profit from a new product is to charge less than the greatest possible price.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to justify a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
D. The first is a consideration raised in support of a strategy the argument endorses; the second presents grounds in support of that consideration.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
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22 Aug 2010, 00:18
I will go with B
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22 Aug 2010, 03:14
No doubts...B is a clear winner
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22 Aug 2010, 03:38
Its got to be B. Here I used the 3-2 elimination strategy, whether the the first bold-face is an assumption or a consideration. Also, it it clear that the second boldface is questions the strategy used and hence the answer to this Q should be B
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22 Aug 2010, 20:23
I picked b ....but believe me spent abt 3-4 minutes ..awarded one for a good question
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22 Aug 2010, 22:50
clear 3-2 split, the first is not an assumption but a consideration.
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22 Aug 2010, 23:52
Thanks guys the OA is B !

A : “criticizes” is wrong. OUT. The argument does not criticize the first strategy.
B : Answer. The second bold face calls into question the wisdom of adopting the first strategy.
C : “justify” is wrong OUT. The opposite is true- the first strategy is called into question.
D : “endorses” is wrong. OUT. The opposite is true- the first strategy is called into question.
E : OUT. The second bold face is NOT the appeal of the first strategy.
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23 Aug 2010, 09:18
B!
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23 Aug 2010, 09:18
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27 Aug 2010, 09:03
B for me too.
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27 Aug 2010, 14:11
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