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Although the school would receive financial benefits if it had soft dr

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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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