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# A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton

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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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29 Dec 2009, 12:39
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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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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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08 Apr 2010, 03:47
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IMO B. It should be the conclusion as it answers the doubt.
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(1) MAIN CONCLUSION: "but in this case it is clearly not justified" - Eliminate A, C, D and E
(2) "Burton's case indicates no such thing" is supported by "the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers".. Therefore it is also a conclusion...
(3) "but in this case it is clearly not justified" BECAUSE "Burton's case indicates no such thing"

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

A. The first provides evidenceto 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 conclusionthat 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 conclusionsthat are drawn in order to support jointly the conclusions of the argument as a whole.

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30 Dec 2009, 10:03
The OA is B
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18 May 2010, 03:28
I was stuck between B and E ...but then realized that other than these two there are no other conclusions ....the first one is definitely the main conclusion of the passage as a whole ...but B is also a mini-conclusion .....so B should be the answer instead of E
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09 Sep 2010, 12:19
interesting question. gmat loves to make thing confusing and complex. B it is.
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09 Sep 2010, 22:47
I never get Bold faced CR questions correct.Hope in the real exam i get though...
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24 Oct 2010, 06:26
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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.

Rather, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers. So,Burton's case it indicates no such thing. This concludes that in this case it is clearly not justified.

Clearly, the first boldface is a conclusion and the 2nd bf is sub-conclusion that supports the main conclusion.
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25 Oct 2010, 11:10
its B
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18 May 2011, 22:53
Any guide for BOLD FACED QUESTIONS ?
I get all of them wrong
Someone please suggest me something for that!!!!

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09 Jun 2011, 04:27
IMO B
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13 Sep 2011, 08:37
B...
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16 Sep 2011, 00:43
IMO B
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18 Sep 2011, 02:28
A. The first provides evidence to support the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second states the conclusion.
- No evidence is there.

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
- Second is not an intermideate conclusion.
C.The 1st is the position that the argument as a whole opposes;the second provides evidence against the position being opposed.
- The bold lettered supports not opposes the entire structure.
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
- 2nd is specific to the company, not as 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.
Seems right.
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18 Sep 2011, 11:14
IMO B
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19 Sep 2011, 04:01
Its 'B' for me.

Took me 3 minutes.
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