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# A prominent investor who holds a large stake Burton Tool

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A prominent investor who holds a large stake Burton Tool Company has recently claimed that the company is mismanaged, citing as evidence the company's failure to slow production in response to recent rise in its inventory of finished products It is doubtful whether an investor's sniping at manager can ever be anything other than counterproductive , but in this case it is clearly not justified. It is true that an increased inventory of finished products often indicates that production is outstripping demand, but in Burton's case it indicates no such thing. Rather, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

(A) The first states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second provides evidence to undermine the support for the position being opposed.

B The first states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second is evidence that has been used to support the position being opposed.

C The first states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument as a whole.
D The first is evidence that has been used to SMPPort a position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second provides information to undermine the force of that evidence.

E The first is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument as a whole.

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20 Aug 2009, 02:33
I m finding these Bold Face CRs a bit difficult to handle. Is there a methodology that we can adapt to solve such kind of questions.

Overall he opposes the initial premise that the company is mismanaged. And the second statement is an explanation to prove that the company is not mismanaged.

IMO B for this question.
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I think it should be C

The first bold part as a whole mentions that investor claimed company is being mismanaged which if you read the whole para carefully is being refuted by the author.
The second bold face mentions that basically what the investor said is wrong. It continues to provide reasons why investor is wrong.

C is the best answer because 1st part provides a position with which the argument as a whole disagrees. The second bold face is on a high level the overall conclusion

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23 Aug 2009, 19:06
IMO C.

the company is mismanaged ::::: This is a position that is finally refuted.

but in this case it is clearly not justified ::: This is the conclusion of the argument on the whole.
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23 Aug 2009, 21:18
IMO C.

The first boldface has been disproved, once you read the entire argument.

The second boldface "but in this case it is clearly not justified" does not provide any evidence, but looking at the argument as a whole, it seems to be a conclusion. Hence, C.

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I m finding these Bold Face CRs a bit difficult to handle. Is there a methodology that we can adapt to solve such kind of questions.

Hey i have attached a file , which is not prepared by me, but someone, it contains all the details of how to approach CR questions, including Bold Face CRs, go to the end of the document to read about Bold Face and follow the same method to solve Bold Face CRs, it will really help you, it not only worked for me but also many. Good Luck
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27 Apr 2011, 05:02
Yes, this is a GMAT prep question but with different bolded portions. With this version of the question, the answer is definitely C. i say this as in the the correct answer choice in the GMATprep says the first boldface (the one that is actually the second boldface in this version that we are discussing) is the conclusion. Thats what answer choice C indicates.
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A The first states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second provides evidence to undermine the support for the position being opposed.--- The first statement is correct, but the second statement is not an evidence.

B The first states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second is evidence that has been used to support the position being opposed.--- Same as A. Second statement is not evidence.

C The first states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument as a whole.--- CORRECT.

D The first is evidence that has been used to SMPPort a position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second provides information to undermine the force of that evidence.--- The first is not an evidence but just something the investor claims.

E The first is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument as a whole.---- The first statement is not an evidence but this what the investor claims.
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15 Dec 2016, 01:13
Hi, is the 2nd bold face conclusion of the argument? I think conclusion is that company is not mismanaged. 2nd bold face in this case is concluding about - 'manager can ever be anything other than counterproductiv'.
So i dont think its manin conclusion of the argument. Though this choice is better than rest of the choices.
Can an expert explain plz.
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16 Mar 2017, 22:21
it is clearly not justified is a conclusion via author .. so directly C and E.
and first is a view point of the investor ...so cann't be evidence.. Hence C
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