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06 May 2014, 23:24
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The correct answer should be B and most of us have selected B but on selecting B, the answer choice B is indicated in RED as the wrong answer and answer choice C is higlighted in green to indicate that it is the correct answer. Is anyone else facing this issue?

Hi BPD,

The question poster has posted the wrong correct option. That is why you are facing this issue. You are right: the correct option is B.

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07 May 2014, 23:30
Zaarathalab: please change the OA response in the GMAT Timer. Ans should be B not C.

please refer to Ron Purewals explanation at following link.
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post38472.html?hilit=A%20prominent%20investor%20who%20holds%20a%20large%20stake%20in%20the%20Burton%20Tool%20company%20has%20recently%20claimed%20that%20the%20company%20is%20mismanaged&sid=9febb09a9ed73d629416de6c8288c37e#p38472

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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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22 May 2017, 09:58
GMATNinja I got confused between C & D. Can anybody help
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25 May 2017, 05:23
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.
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25 May 2017, 10:38
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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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25 May 2017, 19:10
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I got confused between C & D. Can anybody help

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(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.

Here's the argument, rearranged somewhat:

• There has been a recent rise in Burton's inventory of finished products.
• An increased inventory of finished products often indicates that production is outstripping demand.
• But, in Burton's case, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers.
• This implies that Burton's production is NOT outstripping demand and that there is no reason to slow production. This undermines the evidence cited by the investor, in support of the investor's position that the company is mismanaged.
• Therefore, the investor's criticism of management is clearly not justified (conclusion).

The first boldfaced section, "the company is mismanaged", is the position of the prominent investor, not evidence to support the investor's position. The evidence cited to support that position is "the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products", and this portion is not boldfaced.

The second boldfaced section, "in this case [the investor's sniping at management] is clearly not justified", does not undermine the evidence cited above ("the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products"). Stating that the investor's sniping was not justified does not, by itself, undermine the evidence. Rather, the second portion is the conclusion of the author's argument.

Thus, choice (C) accurately expresses the roles of the two boldfaced portions.
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25 May 2017, 21:09
GMATNinja wrote:
merajul wrote:
I got confused between C & D. Can anybody help

Quote:
(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.

Here's the argument, rearranged somewhat:

• There has been a recent rise in Burton's inventory of finished products.
• An increased inventory of finished products often indicates that production is outstripping demand.
• But, in Burton's case, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers.
• This implies that Burton's production is NOT outstripping demand and that there is no reason to slow production. This undermines the evidence cited by the investor, in support of the investor's position that the company is mismanaged.
• Therefore, the investor's criticism of management is clearly not justified (conclusion).

The first boldfaced section, "the company is mismanaged", is the position of the prominent investor, not evidence to support the investor's position. The evidence cited to support that position is "the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products", and this portion is not boldfaced.

The second boldfaced section, "in this case [the investor's sniping at management] is clearly not justified", does not undermine the evidence cited above ("the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products"). Stating that the investor's sniping was not justified does not, by itself, undermine the evidence. Rather, the second portion is the conclusion of the author's argument.

Thus, choice (C) accurately expresses the roles of the two boldfaced portions.

Thank You Sir. It's clear now.
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26 May 2017, 14:16
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21 Jul 2017, 03:29
Please Note - I have no doubt about the correct answer option of the bold face choice question.

Here is a question from Boldface section of the OG -

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.

Again, What do you think should be the Primary Purpose for the passage written above?

IMO, it is clearly a highly opinionated passage in which the author concludes that claim by the investor is not justified. The response to the Primary Purpose question would be something like-
1-"Discarding the view point of an investor."
2-"Opposing the opinion/ judgement of an investor."

But the OG explanation says that

"The first boldfaced portion
expresses the investor’s claim that the company is mismanaged. The argument asserts, in
the second boldfaced portion, that this claim by the investor is unjustified. The passage
then goes on to support this assertion."

Does that mean that the passage is just an assertion and doesn't has any strong opinion?

So, again the OG's explanation seems contrary to my understanding about the passage as a whole. Am I missing something here?
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21 Jul 2017, 03:30
GMATNinja your suggestion would help us a lot.
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03 Sep 2017, 03:36
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The first is a position and second is conclusion. C rightly identifies that.

Why the conclusion of this paragraph was not "the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers?"
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07 Sep 2017, 11:37
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.

The passage starts by saying that a prominent investor CLAIMED (not a fact as it can be challenged) that “THE COMPANY IS MISMANAGED”. Why?
Comma+verb-ing answers the why. What follows citing is an evidence used to support the first bold face.

Here comes a contrast (doubtful/whether). Bold face 2 is again a conclusion. Then what comes next is information to support the second bold face.

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.
Second is also a conclusion.

(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.
INCORRECT

(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 support a position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second provides information to undermine the force of that evidence.
First is claim (conclusion).

(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.
Same as D.
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venksune wrote:
The first is a position and second is conclusion. C rightly identifies that.

Why the conclusion of this paragraph was not "the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers?"

When stuck between what is fact and what is conclusion, always ask:
1) Can it be proved?
2) Can it be questioned/challenged?

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.

1) It is CLEARLY not justified BECAUSE the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers.

OR
2) The increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers BECAUSE it is CLEARLY not justified.

Originally posted by Shiv2016 on 07 Sep 2017, 11:43.
Last edited by Shiv2016 on 08 Sep 2017, 22:01, edited 1 time in total.
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Thanks Shiv2016 for helpful explanation.
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16 Sep 2017, 11:41
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.
- BF 2 is NOT 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"

(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 as is

(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.
- BF 1 is NOT 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.
- Same as "D"

Really easy -- you don't have to even analyze the conclusion here. Just read A/C (somewhat) carefully. Pretty straightforward to tell what "evidence" and what "claims" look like/sound like

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