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A recent survey found that more computers than copies of computer programs were purchased by Germans last year. The best interpretation of this finding is that the practice of illegally duplicating commercial computer programs is widespread among Germans.
Each of the following, if true, would counter some reasonable objection to the interpretation advanced above EXCEPT:
(A) Few German computer users write their own computer programs.
(B) There are few free noncommercial computer programs available in Germany.
(C) Some Germans purchase computers outside of Germany for use in Germany, and such purchases were counted in the survey.
(D) The typical German computer user has several commercially written computer programs on his or her computer.
(E) Many Germans legally make duplicates of commercial computer programs, but such duplicates were counted as purchased copies in the survey
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11 May 2005, 20:26
Its "D"

Interpretation is practice of illegally duplicating commercial computer programs is widespread among Germans

C) Some Germans purchase computers outside of Germany for use in Germany, and such purchases were counted in the survey.

This is valid objection to interpretation. Hence this is not COrrect answer.

(D) The typical German computer user has several commercially written computer programs on his or her computer.

This is not an objection. If the user has so many programs on his comp. and still the purchases are low, that means, they might be pirated.
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(E) Many Germans legally make duplicates of commercial computer programs, but such duplicates were counted as purchased copies in the survey

This is a valid objection too.

This is not objection to interpretation
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11 May 2005, 22:45
D is correct.

The missing piece of information from the argument is the commercial computer programs were needed or present in the computers purchased. Hence it doesn't object the interpretation but in fact supports it.
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12 May 2005, 04:52
It really took me some time to understand the question stem, but it's a sure D.
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12 May 2005, 05:10
Yes, D it is. We're told the typical users has many commerically written programs, yet the sale of such programs are low in number. So it raises questions whether these pgms they are using are duplicated or not.
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14 May 2005, 06:11
The question says:

Each of the following, if true, would counter some reasonable objection to the interpretation advanced above EXCEPT:

There are fours steps:

Reasonal Objection: No, this is not true because......
Counter: Yes, this is true because.....
Except: anything but...

So I think the answer is:

E) Many Germans legally make duplicates of commercial computer programs, but such duplicates were counted as purchased copies in the survey
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14 May 2005, 10:01
It's (D).
I do not consider (E) because an objection to the statement could be that the records of purchases of copies of computer programs in Germany was inaccurate - but the question says 'Except'. (Seems like a double twist to me)
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23 May 2005, 03:14
Can somebody shed light on this one. Perhaps Honghu
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23 May 2005, 06:08
D. what's the OA?
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23 May 2005, 06:14
I don't think perezhan is any longer active. The OA is C and you can check out the discussion here: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... l+computer
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