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An internal survey revealed that some employees at Company Y had called in sick in order to take care of a sick child. The company's CEO instituted free on-site day care in hopes of reducing the number of employees engaging in this practice. However, the number of employees who called in sick to care for a sick child was actually higher in the sixth month of the on-site day-care program than it had been the month before the program was instituted.

Each of the following, if true, might account for the free day-care plan's apparent lack of success EXCEPT:


(A) Many parents at Company Y employ nannies, who care for both sick and healthy children.

(B) Many parents declined to use the day care for fear that their sick children would catch a second illness from another sick child.

(C) The on-site free day-care center is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable.

(D) The sixth month of the on-site day-care program happened to fall at the height of flu season.

(E) During the six-month period in question, the number of employees at Company Y increased by 25%.
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An internal survey revealed that some employees at Company Y had called in sick in order to take care of a sick child. The company's CEO instituted free on-site day care in hopes of reducing the number of employees engaging in this practice. However, the number of employees who called in sick to care for a sick child was actually higher in the sixth month of the on-site day-care program than it had been the month before the program was instituted.

Each of the following, if true, might account for the free day-care plan's apparent lack of success EXCEPT:


(A) Many parents at Company Y employ nannies, who care for both sick and healthy children.

(B) Many parents declined to use the day care for fear that their sick children would catch a second illness from another sick child.

(C) The on-site free day-care center is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable.

(D) The sixth month of the on-site day-care program happened to fall at the height of flu season.

(E) During the six-month period in question, the number of employees at Company Y increased by 25%.

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An internal survey revealed that some employees at Company Y had called in sick in order to take care of a sick child. The company's CEO instituted free on-site day care in hopes of reducing the number of employees engaging in this practice. However, the number of employees who called in sick to care for a sick child was actually higher in the sixth month of the on-site day-care program than it had been the month before the program was instituted.

Each of the following, if true, might account for the free day-care plan's apparent lack of success EXCEPT:


(A) Many parents at Company Y employ nannies, who care for both sick and healthy children.

(B) Many parents declined to use the day care for fear that their sick children would catch a second illness from another sick child.

(C) The on-site free day-care center is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable.

(D) The sixth month of the on-site day-care program happened to fall at the height of flu season.

(E) During the six-month period in question, the number of employees at Company Y increased by 25%.


The reason that I find answer A to be correct is that it is non-unique. Those parents employed nannies before and after the new program was instituted.

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IMO A
They employed nanies but still call in sick...

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An internal survey revealed that some employees at Company Y had called in sick in order to take care of a sick child. The company's CEO instituted free on-site day care in hopes of reducing the number of employees engaging in this practice. However, the number of employees who called in sick to care for a sick child was actually higher in the sixth month of the on-site day-care program than it had been the month before the program was instituted.

Each of the following, if true, might account for the free day-care plan's apparent lack of success EXCEPT:


(A) Many parents at Company Y employ nannies, who care for both sick and healthy children.

(B) Many parents declined to use the day care for fear that their sick children would catch a second illness from another sick child.

(C) The on-site free day-care center is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable.

(D) The sixth month of the on-site day-care program happened to fall at the height of flu season.

(E) During the six-month period in question, the number of employees at Company Y increased by 25%.



Can someone please explain why E is wrong?
As the no. Of employees increased so the no. Of ppl taking leave increased.

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An internal survey revealed that some employees at Company Y had called in sick in order to take care of a sick child. The company's CEO instituted free on-site day care in hopes of reducing the number of employees engaging in this practice. However, the number of employees who called in sick to care for a sick child was actually higher in the sixth month of the on-site day-care program than it had been the month before the program was instituted.

Each of the following, if true, might account for the free day-care plan's apparent lack of success EXCEPT:


(A) Many parents at Company Y employ nannies, who care for both sick and healthy children.

(B) Many parents declined to use the day care for fear that their sick children would catch a second illness from another sick child.

(C) The on-site free day-care center is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable.

(D) The sixth month of the on-site day-care program happened to fall at the height of flu season.

(E) During the six-month period in question, the number of employees at Company Y increased by 25%.



Can someone please explain why E is wrong?
As the no. Of employees increased so the no. Of ppl taking leave increased.


100 people work--------- 40 call for child
125 people work ---------50 calls. So E resolves the paradox. We need answer that is indifferent or sharpening the paradox, it is A

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We are asked to explain why the on-site day care did not reduce the number of of employees calling in sick to care for a sick child. The negative ("EXCEPT") wording of the question indicates that four of the answer choices might help to explain the situation whereas the fifth one will not.

(A) CORRECT. If a nanny is available to stay home with a sick child, then a parent does not need to call in sick. This group of parents is not the target of the free day-care plan, so this answer choice is irrelevant to the situation.

(B) If parents don't want to use the day-care facility when a child is sick, then someone will still have to stay home with that child. Therefore the day-care policy does not alleviate the problem it was designed to fix.

(C) Parents might prefer not to leave their sick children in a place that is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable. If parents do not use the day-care center, it cannot alleviate the problem it was created to fix.

(D) If month 6 fell at the height of flu season, there may have been many more sick children in month 6 than there were in the month before the day-care center opened. This increase in the number of sick children could account for the increase in the number of parents who chose to call in sick for their children.

(E) The number of sick children of employees might have been greater in month 6 due to the increased number of employees. An increase in the number of sick children could account for an increase in the absolute number of parents who chose to stay home with a sick child.

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A it is because it doesn't explain why people take a day off to seat with sick children if they babysitter can do it. Hence other reason should be
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Can anyone explain why A is correct and why not E :?

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Can anyone explain why A is correct and why not E :?

Hi shasara!
A is correct because this is Except question. Hence we should find an answer that doesn't explain why free-day plan wasn't successful. A says that "many parents gave nannies". Hence parents could leave children with nannies and do not take day off. But they did take. Hence there should be other reason. And about E. E is incorrect since the argument states that "number of employees who called in sick to care for a sick child was actually higher in the sixth month of the on-site day-care program than it had been the month before the program was instituted.". Hence if total number of employees increased by 25% this increase explains why number of employees was higher in the sixth month but not the month before the program was instituted. Hope it is clear
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How does E prove that the plan was lack of success?
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How does E prove that the plan was lack of success?


E is stating that there is an 25% increase in total number of employees.
Now, Because there is 25% increase - hence we can say that the number of sick leaves has increased a bit from previous data.(prior to 6month period).
Hence, supporting the premise.
thereby, it MIGHT account for the free day-care plan's apparent lack of success .

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Straightforward A

It doesn't help resolve the paradox.

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An internal survey revealed that some employees at Company Y had called in sick in order to take care of a sick child. The company's CEO instituted free on-site day care in hopes of reducing the number of employees engaging in this practice. However, the number of employees who called in sick to care for a sick child was actually higher in the sixth month of the on-site day-care program than it had been the month before the program was instituted.

Type - Explain Except - free day-care plan's apparent lack of success

(A) Many parents at Company Y employ nannies, who care for both sick and healthy children. -Correct
(B) Many parents declined to use the day care for fear that their sick children would catch a second illness from another sick child. Incorrect- It does explain a reason why parents would be reluctant to use the day-care
(C) The on-site free day-care center is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable. Incorrect- The center isn't good
(D) The sixth month of the on-site day-care program happened to fall at the height of flu season. - Incorrect
(E) During the six-month period in question, the number of employees at Company Y increased by 25%. - If there are 25% more people in the company, then you'll likely have more people in the day care AND more people calling in sick.

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I feel E is the right answer rather than A. This is an "Except" question. So 4 of the answers might account for the free-day-care plan's lack of success, and 1 might not.

Option (B) - Parents declined use of day care. Clearly, it accounts for the free day care plan's failure.
Option (C) - Day care is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable. So maybe parents declined use of day care. It accounts for the free day care plan's failure.
Option (A) - Many parents employ nannies. So those parents did not use day care. So, this also clearly accounts for the plan's failure.
Option (D) - Flu season might result in more sickness, maybe severe sickness. Parents may want to keep sick children at home rather than at a daycare. So again, it accounts for the plan's failure.
Option (E) - Increase in employees neither necessarily indicate increase in participation, nor lack of participation in the plan. No information is given to make any call here.

Also note that the question is NOT to account for the increase in no. of employees calling in sick, so inferring that "increase in employee count might have increased the no. of people calling sick" is irrelevant. Instead, the question is to account for the lack of success of the day care's plan. The day care's plan was to reduce the no. of employees calling in sick (2nd sentence of the argument). Option (A), (B) and (C) indicates lack of participation in the plan, resulting in non-reduction of employees calling in sick. Option (D) indicates possibility of increasing it. Option (E) is the only option that doesn't carry sufficient information to draw any inference.

I feel some people opting for (A) are looking only from the angle of "reduction of number of people calling in sick" only. But the conclusion is around implementation of free day care plan causing the reduction. People who were using nanny services before the program may have continued using their service. So the daycare program did not change their existing routine, and this indicates lack of success of the day care plan. So (A) cannot be the correct answer.

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I feel E is the right answer rather than A. This is an "Except" question. So 4 of the answers might account for the free-day-care plan's lack of success, and 1 might not.

Option (B) - Parents declined use of day care. Clearly, it accounts for the free day care plan's failure.
Option (C) - Day care is noisy, hot, and uncomfortable. So maybe parents declined use of day care. It accounts for the free day care plan's failure.
Option (A) - Many parents employ nannies. So those parents did not use day care. So, this also clearly accounts for the plan's failure.
Option (D) - Flu season might result in more sickness, maybe severe sickness. Parents may want to keep sick children at home rather than at a daycare. So again, it accounts for the plan's failure.
Option (E) - Increase in employees neither necessarily indicate increase in participation, nor lack of participation in the plan. No information is given to make any call here.

Also note that the question is NOT to account for the increase in no. of employees calling in sick, so inferring that "increase in employee count might have increased the no. of people calling sick" is irrelevant. Instead, the question is to account for the lack of success of the day care's plan. The day care's plan was to reduce the no. of employees calling in sick (2nd sentence of the argument). Option (A), (B) and (C) indicates lack of participation in the plan, resulting in non-reduction of employees calling in sick. Option (D) indicates possibility of increasing it. Option (E) is the only option that doesn't carry sufficient information to draw any inference.

I feel some people opting for (A) are looking only from the angle of "reduction of number of people calling in sick" only. But the conclusion is around implementation of free day care plan causing the reduction. People who were using nanny services before the program may have continued using their service. So the daycare program did not change their existing routine, and this indicates lack of success of the day care plan. So (A) cannot be the correct answer.

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Free day care failed and we have to find yes, it was failed.

(A) Many parents at Company Y employ nannies, who care for both sick and healthy children.
Does this strengthen the case that P was failed. No, it just say that Some parents employ nannies. Care for both sick and healthy children. This employ subset doesn't contribute in no. of employees who call in sick to take care of their children.

now there could be two situations:

1> they don't use day-care. :- No effect on no. of employees calling in sick.
2> they use day-care. :- No effect on no. of employees calling in sick. why because they were not the part of "number of people calling in sick"

SO A it is.

(E) During the six-month period in question, the number of employees at Company Y increased by 25%.
If no. of employees are more, it may be the case that more no. of parents, and more call-in-sick. so may be these parents are not choosing Day-care and that explains failure of day-care program.

BUT I BELIEVE ASSUMPTION HERE IS out of 25% -there are some parents and they are not opting for day care services.
but still it explains

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implementation of free day care plan causing the reduction :- This was not in the question. The ques stem don't question implementation.

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