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# A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse

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A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse [#permalink]

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A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse correlation between the amount of food advertising and the cost of food to consumers. This led some experts to conclude that increased advertising means that increased competition forces food companies to lower their prices. However, in letting increased competition account for both the cost decrease and the advertising increase, such experts fail to consider the fact that food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase sales.

The two portions in boldface in the argument above play which of the following roles?

(A)The first is a generalization that the argument presents as true; the second is the evidence that supports the validity of that generalization.
(B)The first is an opinion that the argument argues against; the second is evidence against that opinion.
(C)The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the argument as a whole supports; the second explains the reason behind this pattern.
(D)The first is evidence that the argument uses in support of the main conclusion; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
(E)The first is an opinion put forward in an attempt to explain a certain pattern; the second further supports that opinion.

Appreciate a detailed explanation
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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29 Sep 2013, 18:17
I think this one is C as well. Please post OA. I will explain my reasoning if it is correct.

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29 Sep 2013, 23:02
krakgmat wrote:
I think this one is C as well. Please post OA. I will explain my reasoning if it is correct.

Thanks for the attempt . OA is edited .

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30 Sep 2013, 01:28
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30 Sep 2013, 04:57

as soon as you receive the first attempt to your question do not post the OA immediately, so we can have a sort of discussion.

Or you post the OA along the first post (as the rules say) or create a discussion. or meat or fish

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30 Sep 2013, 14:59
IMO A

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Re: A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse [#permalink]

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30 Sep 2013, 18:22
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Imo, B is correct.
As u can see from the stimulus. Two bold faces are on the opposite site of the fence. The 1st Bold face is an intermediate conclusion. The other Bold face argues against the first one following the first bold face by "However". Therefore, we need to find an answer which correctly describes the role of two opposite Bold faces.
Clearly, A,C,D,E are out because they tell us that two bold faces are on the same fence.
B is correct thus.

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06 Dec 2013, 10:07
I could not figure out why B is the right answer.

Increased advertising means that increased competition forces food companies to lower their prices(First boldface statement)

The argument is clearly not against the above statement but accepts it as true and states that the experts failed to consider another fact - food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase sales(Second boldface statement)

Experts. Can you please clear my doubt?
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07 Dec 2013, 12:05
guerrero25 wrote:
A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse correlation between the amount of food advertising and the cost of food to consumers. This led some experts to conclude that increased advertising means that increased competition forces food companies to lower their prices. However, in letting increased competition account for both the cost decrease and the advertising increase, such experts fail to consider the fact that food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase sales.

The two portions in boldface in the argument above play which of the following roles?

(A)The first is a generalization that the argument presents as true; the second is the evidence that supports the validity of that generalization.
(B)The first is an opinion that the argument argues against; the second is evidence against that opinion.
(C)The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the argument as a whole supports; the second explains the reason behind this pattern.
(D)The first is evidence that the argument uses in support of the main conclusion; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
(E)The first is an opinion put forward in an attempt to explain a certain pattern; the second further supports that opinion.

Appreciate a detailed explanation

(A)The first is a generalization that the argument presents as true; the second is the evidence that supports the validity of that generalization.
(B)The first is an opinion that the argument argues against; the second is evidence against that opinion.
(C)The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the argument as a whole supports; the second explains the reason behind this pattern.
(D)The first is evidence that the argument uses in support of the main conclusion; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
(E)The first is an opinion put forward in an attempt to explain a certain pattern; the second further supports that opinion.

Looking at the argument and the answer options... firstly the boldfaced portion(line 1) isnt an evidence.... so (D) is out....
also the two statements are contradictory (Check for the word "However" and read the statements).. so the second bolfaced cannot support the first one... (A), (C) (E) are out... Left with (B)

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Re: A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse [#permalink]

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I could not figure out why B is the right answer.

Increased advertising means that increased competition forces food companies to lower their prices(First boldface statement)

The argument is clearly not against the above statement but accepts it as true and states that the experts failed to consider another fact - food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase sales(Second boldface statement)

Experts. Can you please clear my doubt?

Looking at the question in a more general way, you have to look for something (the two bold face parts) if they go in the same direction or one is against the other one. here clearly one (the second) is against the first one.

then you have to look at the argument as whole.

the first one is what the experts belive so is an opinion (be careful is not the conslusion of the argumnt itself, even though you can see the word "conclusion" just before)

the second one is a fact such experts fail to consider the fact that food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase

sales.

the only answer choice that fits the bill is B

PS: honestly do not like this question but is not that bad.

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cssk wrote:
I could not figure out why B is the right answer.

Increased advertising means that increased competition forces food companies to lower their prices(First boldface statement)

The argument is clearly not against the above statement but accepts it as true and states that the experts failed to consider another fact - food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase sales(Second boldface statement)

Experts. Can you please clear my doubt?

Looking at the question in a more general way, you have to look for something (the two bold face parts) if they go in the same direction or one is against the other one. here clearly one (the second) is against the first one.

then you have to look at the argument as whole.

the first one is what the experts belive so is an opinion (be careful is not the conslusion of the argumnt itself, even though you can see the word "conclusion" just before)

the second one is a fact such experts fail to consider the fact that food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase

sales.

AND before this we have the word however that signs a shift in the argument in another direction (more often than not in a way that goes against what is before is cited)

the only answer choice that fits the bill is B

PS: honestly do not like this question but is not that bad.

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