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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 first 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 first 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 second states the conclusion of the argument as a whole

E. The first & second both state intermediate conclusions that are drawn in order to support jointly the conclusions of the argument as a whole


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New post 08 Oct 2018, 00:31
The answer is B.

We can solve this question using the

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method - i.e.  analysing the given information to get to the answer on our own.
The first boldfaced section is clearly phrased as a conclusion ("justified" being a judgemental word), and it is a refutation of the argument which has just been put forward - thus, it is the argument's main conclusion.
The second boldfaced section is also, clearly, a conclusion ("indicates" being our main clue), but what is its relation to the first one? well, the structure (" it is true... but") and context (coming right ofter the previous boldface) of the sentence tells us this is a detailing of the precious conclusion - that is, it is a supporting conclusion.
Quickly skimming the answer, we see B is our answer.
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Hi,

Statement 1: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. { A claim + evidence}

Statement 2: It is doubtful whether an investor's sniping at management can ever be anything other than counterproductive, { Authors's opinion}

Statement 3: but in this case it is clearly not justified. { Authors's opinion}

Statement 4: It is true that an increased inventory of finished products often indicates that production is outstripping demand, { General Principle / fact}

Statement 5: but in Burton's case it indicates no such thing. { Authors's opinion}

Statement 6: Rather, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers. {Fact}


What is the main point of the argument.

let's see

Statement 1: A investor has claimed something based on certain evidence . ( Claim +evidence Sets the context of the argument)

Then the author responds by saying

Statement 2:hey, its true that increase inventory indicates production is more than demand ( Author presents a fact about investors claim +evidence}

Statement 3:but in the this case increase in inventory is because of the orders that have been assigned to certain customers ( Author Presents evidence against the claim made by investor - This is Fact )

Statement 4:hence in this case it does not indicate that increase in inventory means production is more than demand. ( Author make a conclusion from the above evidence)

Statement 5:Author then says it doubtful weather investors criticism of management can be counterproductive ( Author then presents general opinion about investors criticism )

Statement 6:but in this case investor is clearly not justified to doubt the company . ( Author finally concludes this on the basis of Statement 2,3,4, - Main Conclusion )


Statement 4 is our BF-2 and Statement 6 is our BF-1

So we can say that BF-2 is a conclusion that author has used to support the main the conclusion , BF-1 is the main conclusion of the argument.

Looking at answer choices we see B fits the bill.


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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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Hello, if any could please explain how the answer is B / how to best identify conclusions for the argument as a whole vs. intermediate conclusions in these types of questions, it would be much appreciated. Thanks
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New post 27 Dec 2018, 14:32
I would also like to request insight into this one. How is B the OA? Thank you!

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