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A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool company has recently claimed that the company is mismanaged, citing as evidence the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products. It is doubtful whether an investor's sniping at management 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 support 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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IMO answer is B.

Conclusion of the passage:It is doubtful whether an investor's sniping at management can ever be anything other than counterproductive, but in this case it is clearly not justified

Second boldface statement offers an intermediate conclusion (or premise) and the succeeding sentence provides reasoning to that conclusion.

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A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool company has recently claimed that the company is mismanaged, citing as evidence the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products. It is doubtful whether an investor's sniping at management 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 provides evidence to support the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second states the conclusion.

B. The 1st states the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second states an intermediate conclusion that is drawn in order to support that conclusion

C. The 1st is the position that the argument as a whole opposes;the second provides evidence against the position being opposed.

D. The first states an intermediate conclusion that is drawn in order to support the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the 2nd states the conclusion of the argument as a whole

E. The 1st & the 2nd both state intermediate conclusions that are drawn in order to support jointly the conclusions of the argument as a whole.

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These types are always hard to me. The first step I took was to identify the conclusion. The conclusion was the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers. Therefore, D because both of the mini-conclusions support it. What is the correct answer?
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IMO B. It should be the conclusion as it answers the doubt.
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First is not an evidence so A and B are rejected .
Second if not an evidence so D and E are rejected .

Hence C
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A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool company has recently claimed that the company is mismanaged, citing as evidence the company’s failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products. It is doubtful whether an investor’s sniping at management 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?

C, the first states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second states the conclusion of the argument as a whole;

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;


It's easier to immediately point out that the second bold face is the conclusion of the argument --> C and E stand.
Now look at the first bold face, it doesn't sound like an evidence --> eliminate E

C is good.
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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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A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool company has recently claimed that the company is mismanaged, citing as evidence the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products. It is doubtful whether an investor's sniping at management 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 support 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.

GMATNinjaTwo Could you help to assist to analyse this question? Does the word "clearly" is a hint for the conclusion? Perhaps you could provide the explanations for the transition word in this argument. I have a hard time to identify the conclusion of the argument. Thank you.


Hi hazelnut ,

My two cents here brother :)

Always remember the marker words to determine the conclusion or the premise. Some of these markers for conclusion are clearly, therefore, hence, thus, claimed, etc.

For premises, we have Since, because, the reason is, etc.

Now, in this question we have two claims:

1. The prominent investor claim. "the company is mismanaged"
2. The author's claim stated by the word clearly . "in this case it is clearly not justified".

Now, you to determine which is a conclusion and which is a premise:

You can always use AB test.

Is A because of B? --> Then A is the conclusion

Is B because of A.? --> Then B is the conclusion.

Other than this, try to find out what the author is trying to say and then what he has used as an extra information to prove his point. The extra information will be the premise and the author's point will be the conclusion.
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The first is a position and second is conclusion. C rightly identifies that.
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C as venksune pointed.
Nevertheless, neither first nor second is an evidence leaving all the other four choices to be wrong ones.
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agree with C. It was my first hunch also as none of the portion is substantiated so none can be evidence or provide any evidence
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In B, the first part is fine...the second part in this case it is clearly not justified is a conclusive statement. The further part beyond this bold statment further substantiates this conclusive statement.

The only evidence in the stimulus is the middle part wherein slow production, inventory stuff is discussed. This same evidence is inferred in multiple ways once by the investor and then by the author with the author giving addl data that there is nascent demand for which the inventory is piled up.
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Another one for C. A, B, and D just do not reflect the second part in bold.
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I am still not able to refute B.

Doesn't this part is evdience" Rather, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers. " is not that evdience?
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We should look for answers pertain/match only Bold Faced phrases/sentences.

In the above CR, 'Investor's argument is not clearly justified' is the conclusion.

and not an evidence.

Hence Not B.

C is the answer.
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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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