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Updated on: 13 Dec 2017, 07:08
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Advertisement: Clark brand-name parts are made for cars manufactured in this country. They satisfy all of our government automotive test—the toughest such tests in the world. With foreign-made parts, you never know which might be reliable and which are cheap look-alikes that are poorly constructed and liable to cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Therefore, be smart and insist on brand-name parts by Clark for your car.

The argument requires the assumption that

(A) Clark parts are available only in this country
(B) foreign-made parts are not suitable for cars manufactured in this country
(C) no foreign-made parts satisfy our government standards
(D) parts that satisfy our government standards are not as poorly constructed as cheap foreign-made parts
(E) if parts are made for cars manufactured in our country, they are not poorly constructed

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Originally posted by gurpreet07 on 17 Nov 2009, 01:26.
Last edited by Skywalker18 on 13 Dec 2017, 07:08, edited 2 times in total.
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17 Nov 2009, 02:18
the point here is
Since poorly constructed parts are likely to cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs, Therefore, be smart and insist on brand-name parts by Clark for your car.

(D) parts that satisfy our government standards are not as poorly constructed as cheap foreign-made parts

If we negate this, the conclusion that we must choose the Clark brand falls apart. since Clarks brand would be as cheap as others and would start causing hundreds of dollers in repairs.

what is OA
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17 Nov 2009, 03:33
The author is differentiating between “foreign-made parts” and “Clark brand-name parts” and differentiating factor is “government automotive test”. Choice D is aptly capturing this point.

Hence IMO the answer is D
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17 Nov 2009, 04:03
Yes the OA is D.........

was confused a little bit..
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19 Nov 2009, 07:51
Why not C?
The author convinces to buy only Clark-made parts because they meet all the Goverment standards, and convinces not to buy foreign made parts. What if foreign made parts also meet the Goverment standards? So why only insist on buying Clark-made ones?

I am still confused.

The author is differentiating between “foreign-made parts” and “Clark brand-name parts” and differentiating factor is “government automotive test”. Choice D is aptly capturing this point.

Hence IMO the answer is D

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19 Nov 2009, 08:39
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Why not C?
The author convinces to buy only Clark-made parts because they meet all the Goverment standards, and convinces not to buy foreign made parts. What if foreign made parts also meet the Goverment standards? So why only insist on buying Clark-made ones?

I am still confused.

The author is differentiating between “foreign-made parts” and “Clark brand-name parts” and differentiating factor is “government automotive test”. Choice D is aptly capturing this point.

Hence IMO the answer is D

The argument by stating that “foreign-made parts, you never know which might be reliable” makes a point that there could be some foreign-made parts that are reliable. Hence these parts could satisfy the government standards.

So this cannot be a assumption
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20 Nov 2009, 06:46
I think D.

Whats OA?

Why D?
1. Because I can eliminate A,B and E.
2. C - no where in the passage are we implying that forign made parts do not pass the tests.
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02 May 2012, 16:39
+1 D

If we assume that parts that satisfy our government standards could be as poorly constructed as cheap foreign-made parts, we cannot claim categoricatelly claim that our parts are the best.
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31 May 2015, 07:09
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Conclusion - Clark Brand parts are better than foreign parts
Premise - Clark brand parts have undergone govt tests; foreign parts are poorly constructed
Assumption - parts that satisfy our government standards are not as poorly constructed
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12 Sep 2015, 21:06
I am confused between D and E. Can anyone give me an explanation
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C is too extreme, can't be the answer
A,B, E eliminated without any doubt.

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13 Oct 2015, 12:52
+1 D
Seems to be most relevant and critical to the question
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20 Apr 2016, 07:06
I think the answer is E, as D states any parts rather E says specifically car parts
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20 Apr 2016, 17:53
(D) parts that satisfy our government standards are not as poorly constructed as cheap foreign-made parts -> It can't not be D since as it stated, we don't know if the foreign-made parts are reliable or not which means it can be reliable and not all foreign-made parts are poorly constructed
(E) if parts are made for cars manufactured in our country, they are not poorly constructed -->E is the answer because the ads emphasize that "Clark brand-name parts are made for cars manufactured in this country".
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03 May 2016, 18:47
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Why not B?

(B) foreign-made parts are not suitable for cars manufactured in this country..

these is not an assumption--
With foreign-made parts, you never know which might be reliable and which are cheap look-alikes.
the above statement clearly states that few are cheap look alike and few are reliable but it is difficult to differentiate ..
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Advertisement: Clark brand-name parts are made for cars manufactured in this country. They satisfy all of our government automotive test—the toughest such tests in the world. With foreign-made parts, you never know which might be reliable and which are cheap look-alikes that are poorly constructed and liable to cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Therefore, be smart and insist on brand-name parts by Clark for your car.

The argument requires the assumption that

(A) Clark parts are available only in this country
(B) foreign-made parts are not suitable for cars manufactured in this country
(C) no foreign-made parts satisfy our government standards
(D) parts that satisfy our government standards are not as poorly constructed as cheap foreign-made parts
(E) if parts are made for cars manufactured in our country, they are not poorly constructed

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The conclusion of this argument is that you should insist on Clark parts. Why? Because they satisfy all our government tests (tough tests!) and with foreign-made parts you can't tell if they're good or cheapos that will break.

There's a few gaps in this argument. For one, perhaps I'm convinced we should buy domestic parts that pass these tests, but why Clark? Why not Clark's domestic competitor that passes all the tests AND offers discounts?

Furthermore, how good are these tests? Sure they're the toughest, but are they tough enough? Could you pass these tests and still be a cheap, liable-to-break car part?

(D) "deals" with this second issue - it assures us that the parts that pass are not as bad as the cheapo foreign ones. If you negate (D), it destroys the argument.

(A) is out of scope - we're not interested in whether we can get them but if we should.

(B) is too extreme and is out of scope. We don't need to assume that the foreign parts don't work for domestic cars. We already know those foreign parts are problematic. Also, this argument has never been restricted to parts for domestic cars. Out of scope.

(C) is too extreme. The argument's premise allows for some foreign parts to be high-quality. The issue is that you can't tell if a foreign part is good or not.

(E) is tempting, but we're not interested in any part made in this country; we're concerned with Clark parts! Even if some domestic parts were bad, the Clark ones could still be fine.
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