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New post 13 Jan 2019, 17:36
On GMAT's official guide, choice D is explained as "Even if students who cannot buy softdrinks occasionally (...), adding vending machines in the cafeteria could increase the students' overall soft drink consumption", buit choice D actually states the opposite, declaring that "if the soft drink vending machines are not placed in the cafeteria", then "students will not simply bring soft drinks from home". And this statement is as valid as option A.
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Although the school would receive financial benefits if it had soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria, we should not allow them. Allowing soft drink machines there would not be in our students' interest. If our students start drinking more soft drinks, they will be less healthy.

The argument depends on which of the following?

(A) If the soft drink vending machines were placed in the cafeteria, students would consume more soft drinks as a result.
(B) The amount of soft drinks that most students at the school currently drink is not detrimental to their health.
(C) Students are apt to be healthier if they do not drink soft drinks at all than if they just drink small amounts occasionally.
(D) Students will not simply bring soft drinks from home if the soft drink vending machines are not placed in the cafeteria.
(E) The school's primary concern should be to promote good health among its students.


EMPOWERgmat Enhanced Explanation:

Type: Assumption


Boil It Down: More soft drinks, less healthy -> Vending mach. Shouldn’t be allowed
Missing Information: These vending machines would lead to net overall worsening of health
Goal: Find the option the argument requires for the logic to hold

Yes! The argument ABSOLUTELY requires this option. How do we know that these students wouldn’t be consuming soda anyway? The argument depends on the notion that these soda machines would actually lead to a net increase in soda consumption.

Whether the typical soda intake at the skill is small, normal, or excessive doesn’t matter. The argument is that health will get WORSE regardless of the starting point. This option is not something the argument requires.

The argument doesn’t hinge on the notion that students are likely to be healthier with no soda. We’d have to assume that C even applies to these students. For all we know, maybe not a single child at this school is soda free.

Even if students bring soda from home, the argument still holds because the convenience of the vending machines at school could still cause some students to consume more soda than they would have otherwise.

The argument doesn’t depend on what the school’s PRIMARY concern is. The argument could still stand if student health and soda consumption were a considerable concern.


Not convinced with your explanation as to why D is wrong. D should be defending the conclusion that Students wont bring soda from home and still be unhealthy right?




I had also posted a question regarding the matter and from the answers I came to understand it. The argument assumes only the actions of the school regarding whether or not place the vending machines. If students bring them from home, the matter of placing them or not wouldn't make a difference on the argument. They might as well bring from home even if there are vending machines. So the fact of having them or not, considering assumption D, doesn't affect the students' actions, even though it's a true assumption that would add to the argument. So the answer the best relates to the school's choice options is indeed A.
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Although the school would receive financial benefits if it had soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria, we should not allow them. Allowing soft drink machines there would not be in our students' interest. If our students start drinking more soft drinks, they will be less healthy.

The argument depends on which of the following?


(A) If the soft drink vending machines were placed in the cafeteria, students would consume more soft drinks as a result.

(B) The amount of soft drinks that most students at the school currently drink is not detrimental to their health.

(C) Students are apt to be healthier if they do not drink soft drinks at all than if they just drink small amounts occasionally.

(D) Students will not simply bring soft drinks from home if the soft drink vending machines are not placed in the cafeteria.

(E) The school's primary concern should be to promote good health among its students.


the argument assumes that If our students start drinking more soft drinks, they will be less healthy.


According to option A: If the cafeteria vending machines would not result in students consuming more soft drinks, then
allowing the machines would not harm the students’ health in the way.

Hence option A is the correct answer.
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Although the school would receive financial benefits if it had soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria, we should not allow them. Allowing soft drink machines there would not be in our students' interest. If our students start drinking more soft drinks, they will be less healthy.

The argument depends on which of the following?

Simple logic stand here. If we will intake more soft drink (SD), We will fall unhealthy. And for this reason VM should not be installed in school

(A) If the soft drink vending machines were placed in the cafeteria, students would consume more soft drinks as a result.

Correct. If they will install in cafeteria, the student will feel its for them and stated consuming, So it should not be there.

(B) The amount of soft drinks that most students at the school currently drink is not detrimental to their health.

MOST: Excessive word. Even if most or all its impacting the student. So WRONG

(C) Students are apt to be healthier if they do not drink soft drinks at all than if they just drink small amounts occasionally.

Small amount, large amount : Its impacting the student health so this should not be the answer (WRONG)

(D) Students will not simply bring soft drinks from home if the soft drink vending machines are not placed in the cafeteria.

Even you are bring from home or from shop. SD are not good for health . And if they are placing the VM student will stop bring it from home. Which will add the finance of school. but here school is more concern about health of student not the finance part.
so overall its WRONG.

(E) The school's primary concern should be to promote good health among its students.

We are not discussing about promotion of something. So out of context.
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Although the school would receive financial benefits if it had soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria, we should not allow them. Allowing soft drink machines there would not be in our students' interest. If our students start drinking more soft drinks, they will be less healthy.

The argument depends on which of the following?


(A) If the soft drink vending machines were placed in the cafeteria, students would consume more soft drinks as a result.(Correct)

(B) The amount of soft drinks that most students at the school currently drink is not detrimental to their health.

(C) Students are apt to be healthier if they do not drink soft drinks at all than if they just drink small amounts occasionally.

(D) Students will not simply bring soft drinks from home if the soft drink vending machines are not placed in the cafeteria.

(E) The school's primary concern should be to promote good health among its students.
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New post 19 Aug 2019, 12:27
Hey folks - can someone comment on why we aren't picking an option that connects drinking soft drinks to being less healthy? That seems to be implicit in the argument and based on "outside" knowledge we know that is true, but shouldn't we look for an option that makes this connection?
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Rony26 wrote:
Hey folks - can someone comment on why we aren't picking an option that connects drinking soft drinks to being less healthy? That seems to be implicit in the argument and based on "outside" knowledge we know that is true, but shouldn't we look for an option that makes this connection?


In this situation, we don't know whether the students are currently drinking soda purchased not from the vending machines. Option C only says it's healthier to not consume soft drinks at all.
It could be true that they are currently consuming sodas that they brought from home or other mini markets, and the fact as stated in the option C that if they consume little soda would be more harmful than consume not at all would not link the assumptions to the conclusion.

Instead, we need to know whether installing new vending machines would make more students consume more soft drinks, hence they become less healthy. They could be not healthy today, and by consuming more, it could be worse. That's why option A is the best answer.
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Although the school would receive financial benefits if it had soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria, we should not allow them. Allowing soft drink machines there would not be in our students' interest. If our students start drinking more soft drinks, they will be less healthy.

The argument depends on which of the following?


(A) If the soft drink vending machines were placed in the cafeteria, students would consume more soft drinks as a result.

(B) The amount of soft drinks that most students at the school currently drink is not detrimental to their health.

(C) Students are apt to be healthier if they do not drink soft drinks at all than if they just drink small amounts occasionally.

(D) Students will not simply bring soft drinks from home if the soft drink vending machines are not placed in the cafeteria.

(E) The school's primary concern should be to promote good health among its students.


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Step 1: Identify the Question

The question asks which of the answers the argument depends on so this is a Find the Assumption question.

Step 2: Deconstruct the Argument

$ benefits soft drinks

© BUT No vm in caf

Bad for students à less healthy

Step 3: Pause and State the Goal

On Assumption questions, the correct answer is a piece of information that is necessary in order to draw the conclusion. This conclusion states that vending machines should not be allowed in the cafeteria because, if students drink more soft drinks, they’ll become less healthy. What information is needed to link the premises in this argument to the conclusion?

Step 4: Work from Wrong to Right

(A) CORRECT. In order for the vending machines to be harmful to the students’ health, they must result in the students drinking more soft drinks. If the vending machines did not result in additional consumption, the logic of the argument falls apart.

(B) The argument relies on the fact that the vending machines will result in increased soft drink consumption. How health is affected by current levels of soft-drink consumption does not provide information about whether more consumption could be harmful.

(C) The current amount of soft drinks consumed by students in unknown. The argument focuses on whether increased consumption would harm health. Whether no consumption is better than a small amount is not essential information to the argument.

(D) The argument does not attempt to prevent students from consuming soft drinks from any source; it argues merely that the school cafeteria should not provide the soft drinks. Discussing whether students might get soft drinks from home (or other places) does not impact the argument about having vending machines in the cafeteria.

(E) Promoting good health does not have to be the school’s primary concern for the conclusion to be valid. The plan could still make sense if the school was most concerned with educating students or some other goal.


Lets use negation technique.

Conclusion :- The school should NOT allow soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria.

Option C and E is clearly irrelevant.
Option B if negated ,
The amount of soft drinks that most students at the school currently drink is detrimental to their health.
But if they place the vending machine at the cafeteria , the students will drink even more soft drinks and the soft drinks will be even more detrimental.
So "The school should NOT allow soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria" follows.

Option D if negated ,
Students will simply bring soft drinks from home if the soft drink vending machines are not placed in the cafeteria.
But if the soft drink vending machines are placed in the cafeteria , the students will drink even more soft drinks.
Suppose , they bring one soft drink can from their home . If the soft drink vending machines are placed at the cafeteria , they will get two more cans from the cafeteria and get three soft drink cans.
So the students will be less healthier.
So the conclusion i.e "The school should NOT allow soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria " follows.

Option A if negated ,
If the soft drink vending machines were placed in the cafeteria, students would NOT consume more soft drinks as a result.
Then the conclusion "The school should NOT allow soft drink vending machines in the cafeteria" can not follow.
Then the school can allow the soft drink vending machines at the cafeteria as the students wont consume more soft drinks and wont become less healthier.
The conclusion can NOT follow after negating option A.

Hence , option A is the assumption.
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