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A recent decline in sales at GEOCOM, a company that services mining

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A recent decline in sales at GEOCOM, a company that services mining equipment, was attributed to the failure of its new sales manager to implement an effective marketing strategy. However, the current economic recession has also contributed significantly to this decline. Over the last two years, 15 percent of all mining companies have drastically decreased their operations because of lower demand for their products.

In the argument above, the boldface portion plays which of the following roles?

A) It is the main conclusion of the argument.
B) It is a statement opposed by the argument.
C) It provides support to the main conclusion of the argument.
D) It is a premise that explains why the new sales manager failed.
E) It is a sub-conclusion that serves as evidence in support of the main conclusion.
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A recent decline in sales at GEOCOM, a company that services mining equipment, was attributed to the failure of its new sales manager to implement an effective marketing strategy. However, the current economic recession has also contributed significantly to this decline. Over the last two years, 15 percent of all mining companies have drastically decreased their operations because of lower demand for their products.

In the argument above, the boldface portion plays which of the following roles?

A) It is the main conclusion of the argument.
B) It is a statement opposed by the argument.
C) It provides support to the main conclusion of the argument.
D) It is a premise that explains why the new sales manager failed.
E) It is a sub-conclusion that serves as evidence in support of the main conclusion.


Premise - Conclusion - Evidence.

Hence A.
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A recent decline in sales at GEOCOM, a company that services mining equipment, was attributed to the failure of its new sales manager to implement an effective marketing strategy. However, the current economic recession has also contributed significantly to this decline. Over the last two years, 15 percent of all mining companies have drastically decreased their operations because of lower demand for their products.

In the argument above, the boldface portion plays which of the following roles?

A) It is the main conclusion of the argument. -Correct. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
B) It is a statement opposed by the argument. -Argument doesn't oppose the bold part.
C) It provides support to the main conclusion of the argument. -It is the conclusion itself.
D) It is a premise that explains why the new sales manager failed. -It gives an additional information.
E) It is a sub-conclusion that serves as evidence in support of the main conclusion. -It is the only conclusion.
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