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According to a study concerning environmental economics, any manufacturer that offers an environmentally sound lawnmower, such as a manual push mower, will almost certainly reap a huge profit because consumers say that they want a mower that requires neither gasoline nor electricity. A spokesman for the trade association of gasoline lawnmower manufacturers asserted that this claim had little factual support.

Which of the following, if true, would best support the claim made by the spokesperson?


A. A majority of the public believes that the price of gasoline is too high.

B. The last manufacturer of manual push lawnmowers just declared bankruptcy because of declining profits.

C. More people refuse to purchase electric lawnmowers than gasoline lawnmowers.

D. The profit margin on lawnmowers is very low.

E. Most people mow their lawns less often then professionals recommend.

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I chose C since I thought that more people opting for gasoline lawn movers is a strong enough reason for electric lawnmowers to not reap profits. On checking the answer, I guess B is right. But I would have definitely chosen C on my exam day. Would C be the correct choice if option B did not exist?
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I chose C since I thought that more people opting for gasoline lawn movers is a strong enough reason for electric lawnmowers to not reap profits. On checking the answer, I guess B is right. But I would have definitely chosen C on my exam day. Would C be the correct choice if option B did not exist?


Well the comparison should be between Manual and (Electric or Gasoline) based mowers. Option C doesn't help at all in my opinion as the option compares between Electric and Gasoline based mowers.
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According to a study concerning environmental economics, any manufacturer that offers an environmentally sound lawnmower, such as a manual push mower, will almost certainly reap a huge profit because consumers say that they want a mower that requires neither gasoline nor electricity. A spokesman for the trade association of gasoline lawnmower manufacturers asserted that this claim had little factual support.

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Boil it down - The claim that an environmentally sound lawnmower, such as a manual push mower, will almost certainly reap a huge profit had little factual support


A. A majority of the public believes that the price of gasoline is too high. - Irrelevant

B. The last manufacturer of manual push lawnmowers just declared bankruptcy because of declining profits. - Correct - If manual push lawnmowers were so profitable, why did those manufacturers declared bankruptcy

C. More people refuse to purchase electric lawnmowers than gasoline lawnmowers. - Irrelevant

D. The profit margin on lawnmowers is very low. - Incorrect - Even if profit margin on lawnmowers is low, the companies might still realize huge profit based on the number of units sold

E. Most people mow their lawns less often then professionals recommend. - Irrelevant

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I choose asnwer A because I thought it contradicts the spokenperson's claim that people want neither gasoline nor electrical lawnmower. May be it is the case that people want gasoline lawnmovers but they prefer not to buy them since the price of gasoline is very high.

I thought the question was about people's preference for a environmentally sound lawnmover. But it looks like I interpreted the question incorrectly. Also, I would like to understand what is the conclusion of the agrument ? May be the problem is I did not understand the conclusion correctly.

Please help me in understanding where is it that I am going wrong and how can I avoid such kind of mistake in the future ?

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I choose asnwer A because I thought it contradicts the spokenperson's claim that people want neither gasoline nor electrical lawnmower. May be it is the case that people want gasoline lawnmovers but they prefer not to buy them since the price of gasoline is very high.

I thought the question was about people's preference for a environmentally sound lawnmover. But it looks like I interpreted the question incorrectly. Also, I would like to understand what is the conclusion of the agrument ? May be the problem is I did not understand the conclusion correctly.

Please help me in understanding where is it that I am going wrong and how can I avoid such kind of mistake in the future ?

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This one is interesting in that the stimulus has two contradicting viewpoints: there's a study that says that any manufacturer of an environmentally-friendly lawnmower will make a huge profit, and a spokesman who says that that is false. So this one is less about finding THE conclusion since there are two, but instead about finding which of two conclusions you're being asked to strengthen. You're strengthening the spokesman's argument, which is that it's not true that producers of environmentally-friendly lawnmowers will necessarily make a big profit.

(A) supports the study's conclusion (they will make a profit); but you want (B) which supports the spokesman's conclusion (no they won't). (B) gives evidence that you can produce such a lawnmower and not necessarily make a profit (this company did that and went bankrupt).
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