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# An electric-power company gained greater profits and

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An electric-power company gained greater profits and provided electricity to consumers at lower rates per unit of electricity by building larger-capacity more efficient plants and by stimulating greater use of electricity within its area. To continue these financial trends, the company planned to replace an old plant by a plant with triple the capacity of its largest plant.

The company’s plan as described above assumed each of the following EXCEPT:

(A) Demand for electricity within the company’s area of service would increase in the future.
(B) Expenses would not rise beyond the level that could be compensated for by efficiency or volume of operation, or both.
(C) The planned plant would be sufficiently reliable in service to contribute a net financial benefit to the company as a whole.
(D) Safety measures to be instituted for the new plant would be the same as those for the plant it would replace.
(E) The tripling of capacity would not result in insuperable technological obstacles to efficiency.
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16 Dec 2009, 01:05
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16 Dec 2009, 12:54
Agree D
D talks about safety which isnt a parameter tested

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17 Dec 2009, 07:09
Yes, you both are coorect, and I now see how D is irrelevant to the argument unlike the other options. Thanks guys.

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31 Dec 2009, 01:17

It is unrelated to the core argument here.

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It is unrelated to the core argument here.

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09 Nov 2013, 02:01
The premices and conclusion do nit say anything related to safety measures....so D
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13 Nov 2013, 00:41
why is E not correct?
According to assumption question negation rule if I negate the E then it would fail the implementation of the new power plant.

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14 Nov 2013, 06:54
vikrantgulia wrote:
why is E not correct?
According to assumption question negation rule if I negate the E then it would fail the implementation of the new power plant.

The question asks which of the following is not a Assumption.....
A,B,C,E can be safely assumed...but D is beyond the topic if discussion of the argument...the argumant is not concerned with safety measures....
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14 Nov 2013, 07:23
vikrantgulia wrote:
why is E not correct?
According to assumption question negation rule if I negate the E then it would fail the implementation of the new power plant.

I see what you mean here, and good on you to utilize the negation strategy. And your'e right; if negated, E would not result in the desired outcome (increase financial trend). The question asks us which one of the answers is required for the argument. So, all answers but one should be required by the argument.

"The tripling of capacity WOULD result in insuperable technological obstacles to efficiency". If this were the case, the argument actually falls a part, like you stated. Thus, it is a needed assumption. Whereas if you negate D, "Safety measures to be instituted for the new plant WON'T be the same as the plant it would replace" has no effect on the argument.

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22 Dec 2013, 06:27
Deceived.!! I did not even see the red signal "EXCEPT" in the question stem. After all the answer is an obvious D.
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02 Mar 2015, 07:00
D is the onlonly irrelevant choice here

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An electric-power company gained greater profits and provided electricity to consumers at lower rates per unit of electricity by building larger-capacity more efficient plants and by stimulating greater use of electricity within its area. To continue these financial trends, the company planned to replace an old plant by a plant with triple the capacity of its largest plant.

The company’s plan as described above assumed each of the following EXCEPT:

(A) Demand for electricity within the company’s area of service would increase in the future.
(B) Expenses would not rise beyond the level that could be compensated for by efficiency or volume of operation, or both.
(C) The planned plant would be sufficiently reliable in service to contribute a net financial benefit to the company as a whole.
(D) Safety measures to be instituted for the new plant would be the same as those for the plant it would replace.
(E) The tripling of capacity would not result in insuperable technological obstacles to efficiency.

in a PLAN argument, author plan to do something. we need to find out a factor which make the plan easy to be done and harder to be done, respectively creating strengthen and weaken question. this is not hard question.

most of CR question relating to our ability to criticize argument. this kind is more easy and require less critizing ability

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