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Conclusion : those locations will not stay vacant for long.

Why ?? : The author draws a parallelism from another incident which goes on as : In the five years since the opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson’s.

It is very important to know the structure and the scope of the argument. Here the way B is weakening is by providing an alternative cause to an effect. If you go through the chapter of Cause and Effect(PowerScore Bible), it would be much more evident.The chapter gives various ways in which a cause-and effect relationship can be weakend.

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I think C is pretty close. If there are already lot of stores in the shopping dist. thus reducing the need for more stores and hence the stores that closed down might remain vacant for little longer time.


C is out of scope.
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Although the discount stores in Goreville's central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a Spend Less discount department store that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the Spend Less store opened.
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been discount stores.
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
(D) Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's.

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Although the discount stores in Goreville's central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a
result of competition from a Spend Less discount department store that just opened, those locations will not
stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a nondiscount department store, a new
store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the Spend Less
store opened....NO RELEVANCE
(8) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been
discount stores.seems most relevant... since it were discount stores that opened after shops closed after colsons opened...and these very stores are the one which are likely to close as a result of Spend Less discount department store so not likely that new shops will open
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.no relevance
(D) Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate
than it has for the past several decades.no effect on argument
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either
SpendLess or Colson's.would have been ok to argue against closing of existing shops but argument is opening of new shops

please explain this...

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I could be wrong but I thinks it's B.

A has nothing to do with the Spend less store of the discount stores around it.
B I think is right because the comparison that the person's drawing is from a non-discount store opening up and driving ppl out of business. If the businesses that replaced the old ones are discount then they have the market and don't directly compete against Colson's. And that means that the argument's weakened because if the big discount store comes in who will replace the space of the small stores it drives out of business? This may be a leap but I think it's the right answer.
C This has nothing to do with the argument or what will happen in the future
D This has nothing to do with anything in life
E This answer actually may be better than B. If the stores in the place where the discount store will go sell goods that neither them nor the big non-discount store sells then they're not as likely to compete with them and therefore may not go out of business. Then they'd have no reason to be replaced. However, I think the leap here is that because they sell something different that they will be in business 5 years from now. Therefore, I think the answer's B. Hopefully I'm write.
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yes B it is...

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Nice explanation chetan2u...The answer is B

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[quote="notahug"]Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close
within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store
that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the
opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the
location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did
before the SpendLess store opened.
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since
Colson’s opened have been discount stores.
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it
ever had.
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville’s population
will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not
available at either SpendLess or Colson’s.

Its really a shame on me; Just as am about to understand the reasoning, something
else confuses me. Please could someone take the pain to analyze the above structure again..
perhaps, i will get the explanation this time around.

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Colson- a nondiscount department store : because of XYZ reasons this caused the other stores to close down their services. And those stores were replaced by another stores
(XYZ could be good quality material,services etc but not reduction in price)

SpendLess discount department store: This caused other stores to close down their services.

Conclusion: As in the colson's case, here also the new stores will be occupied quickly.

Question: what factor can attack the conclusion.
Ans: Something that can reduce the probability of opening new stores.

B -> If new stores opened after colson's store was opened were all discounted, what factor can attract the store owners to occupy the stores? There are already discount stores in the market. So this weakens the conclusion.

A-> In the worst case, this will strengthen the conclusion. If shopping at colson is less after the opening of SpendLess , then SpendLess could have caused. This might influence SpendLess owners to open more such stores. Not a strong reason.

C-> Irrelevant.

D-> Population increases => might case => increase in demand for the stores=> strengthens.

E-> Why the other stores will close if they do not have stiff competition with SpendLess or colson.
Take worst case: If they do have some unique products, the demand for those niche products would eventually increase and would influence the store owners to establish more stores to meet the demand.
This will strengthen but a weak arguement.
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B for me too

A. Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did
before the SpendLess store opened.[No link to conclusion]
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since
Colson’s opened have been discount stores. [ New stores were not in the same competition]
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it
ever had. [ No relevance ]
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville’s population
will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades. [Population increase will support the argument]
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not
available at either SpendLess or Colson’s. [this would also support the argument]

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B weakens the conclusion.
E strengthens the conclusion.

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Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson’s.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened.
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been discount stores.
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
(D) Over the course of the next fi ve years, it is expected that Goreville’s population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson’s.

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Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close within fi ve years as a
result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not
stay vacant for long. In the fi ve years since the opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new
store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
(A) Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess
store opened.
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been
discount stores.
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
(D) Over the course of the next fi ve years, it is expected that Goreville’s population will grow at a faster rate
than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either
SpendLess or Colson’s.

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Argument: those locations will not stay vacant for long -- a new store will open in all the vacant spots in the central shopping district.

Answer should be A since it directly attacks the assumption that the new stores will cater to the existing/new demand of the shopping district. If the demand is less than the vacant shops would have to remain vacant since no one will setup their business in the district. [Option C seems to be the next best option.]

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According to the argument: The discount stores in Goreville's shopping district will close because of competition from SpendLess discount dept, these stores will not remain vacant for long. In stating this the argument draws parallel with the Colson's case. Since the opening of the Colson's, a non-discount dept store, for every store closed a new store has openend. The author assumes that what happened in Colson's case will also happen in SpendLess's case.

Consider the case of Colson's. Colson is a non-discount store. If for every store that closed due to competition from Colson's, a new discount store opened and was thus able to compete because of discounted prices then this analogy cannot be applied to SpendLess's case because SpendLess is a discount store and the stores that are closing are also discount stores.

Hence my answer is B.

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According to the argument: The discount stores in Goreville's shopping district will close because of competition from SpendLess discount dept, these stores will not remain vacant for long. In stating this the argument draws parallel with the Colson's case. Since the opening of the Colson's, a non-discount dept store, for every store closed a new store has openend. The author assumes that what happened in Colson's case will also happen in SpendLess's case.

Consider the case of Colson's. Colson is a non-discount store. If for every store that closed due to competition from Colson's, a new discount store opened and was thus able to compete because of discounted prices then this analogy cannot be applied to SpendLess's case because SpendLess is a discount store and the stores that are closing are also discount stores.

Hence my answer is B.


But wouldn't E be valid too with that rationale? If the stores around Colson's are different stores that don't offer the same products, wouldn't that hurt the credibility of the argument?

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(A) Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess
store opened
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been
discount stores.

(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had
(D) Over the course of the next fi ve years, it is expected that Goreville’s population will grow at a faster rate
than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either
SpendLess or Colson’s.

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i chose A and i was wrong then. i interpreted the discount/non discount information given is just to complicate the wording. but the information was relevant if B is the OA.
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Although many tried to explain here the question, I still don't understand why the answer should be B. Although I didn't find any answer with which I was satisfied, I chose C.
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can anyone explain me the meaning of the passage
than only it will be clear that what will weaken it
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