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New post 14 May 2017, 01:15
I am very upset with this question.

I live in a country where if you have high land value, you might as well just build a normal house instead of a multistory building. It is not a rule. So how am I supposed to know that in the US or whatever high land = multistory building?

The rest of the answers didn't make sense either but it left me puzzled. I am very upset!
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I am very upset with this question.

I live in a country where if you have high land value, you might as well just build a normal house instead of a multistory building. It is not a rule. So how am I supposed to know that in the US or whatever high land = multistory building?

The rest of the answers didn't make sense either but it left me puzzled. I am very upset!


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I selected option E as clearing the bamboo from a bamboo growing area, makes it less available, hence, negating the situation.

Why would this logic not work?

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I selected option E as clearing the bamboo from a bamboo growing area, makes it less available, hence, negating the situation.

Why would this logic not work?

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Hi sahilsbakshi ,

The argument has clearly mentioned that Bamboo is readily available. Now, if I consider your point true, It means I am trying to break the premise. This is strictly not allowed.

The argument is actually all about constructing economically cheap homes in one area while not the same in another.

We need to find out the reason for that. Your point is no where telling us the point we are looking for.

Does that make sense?
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As a construction material, bamboo is as strong as steel and sturdier than concrete. Moreover, in tropical areas bamboo is a much less expensive construction material than either steel or concrete and is always readily available. In tropical areas, therefore, building with bamboo makes better economic sense than building with steel or concrete, except where land values are high.

Paradox - Building with bamboo makes economic sense EXCEPT where the land values are high.


(A) Buildings constructed of bamboo are less likely to suffer earthquake damage than are steel and concrete buildings.
This doesn't explain why the author suggests NOT to use Bamboo in high land value areas. OUT

(B) Bamboo is unsuitable as a building material for multistory buildings.
Yes, this makes sense. If Bamboos are not suitable for multi-story buildings, and that's what people would want to build in highly coveted areas, then it tells us why the paradox exists. KEEP.

(C) In order to protect it from being damaged by termites and beetles, bamboo must be soaked, at some expense, in a preservative.
It could still end up cheaper than concrete. OUT.

(D) In some tropical areas, bamboo is used to make the scaffolding that is used during large construction projects.
This is irrelevant information. OUT.

(E) Bamboo growing in an area where land values are increasing is often cleared to make way for construction.

Bamboo plants are cleared for construction. Does this mean we cannot use bamboo's to make houses, etc.? Moreover, I'm concerned about solving the paradox presented in the argument, and not about setting the land up for construction, so this is going beyond the argument. OUT.

B is the answer.
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sahilsbakshi wrote:
I selected option E as clearing the bamboo from a bamboo growing area, makes it less available, hence, negating the situation.

Why would this logic not work?

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Hi sahilsbakshi ,

The argument has clearly mentioned that Bamboo is readily available. Now, if I consider your point true, It means I am trying to break the premise. This is strictly not allowed.

The argument is actually all about constructing economically cheap homes in one area while not the same in another.

We need to find out the reason for that. Your point is no where telling us the point we are looking for.

Does that make sense?


Yes, it does. Thanks a lot.


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I have no problems with option B but why not Option E, option E will not be economically sensible
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I have no problems with option B but why not Option E, option E will not be economically sensible

The last few posts by abhishekdadarwal2009, abhimahna, and akshayk address option (E) specifically, so please review those replies before posting further questions.

We are trying to explain why BUILDING with bamboo does NOT make better economic sense where land values are high. The source of the bamboo is irrelevant in explaining this exception.

If we want to build in a tropical area, using bamboo usually makes more economic sense REGARDLESS of where that bamboo comes from. In other words, even if we are building in an area where land values are low, the bamboo still might come from places where land values are increasing. The sources might be the same regardless of where we are building. So why is building with bamboo economically viable in most tropical areas but not in areas where land values are high? Only choice (B) explains this exception.

I hope this helps!
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As other people already noticed : B would be true only if we assume that there is a link between multistory buildings and lands with a high value.
Not only there is no reason to make this assumption in the context of this GMAT question, but actually it is a wrong assumption in real life.

Rich houses with a rich neighborhood are constructed on lands with a high value.
A lot of multistory buildings are constructed to accommodate families that have a low income. These buildings are surrounded by a poor neighborhood where the land value is very low.

Let's present things with a differently perspective:
If I am an executive in some company, and I discover that in a certain region there are a lot of multistory buildings, then I conclude that it is a region with a high land value.
From there, I use this information to build my company strategy...
How wise would that be?

Of course, in the GMAT we need to pick the best answer, but still, the best answer should not rely on a wrong assumption.
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Dear experts,

Could you please explain why B is correct. In order B to explain the except situation above we should make assumption which, I think ,requires far more assumption than required in any GMAT CR question. Also, it is not everyone's common sense that highly valued land is used primarily for multistorey buildings. One, for example, could argue that highly valued lands is occupied by wealthy people who constructed mansions or there's not any city-like (not sure there's such a word :)) objects (skyscrapers, industrial plants etc) and thus the atmosphere is fresh, so land prices are high.

On the other hand, answer choice C says that bamboo bears some additional cost. That's why total cost of construction in lower priced lands makes better economics sense. However, if we want to construct something from bamboo in high valued land there will be higher land cost+ additional bamboo costs which makes construction less efficient from economic standpoint than that of tropical areas where land prices are lower.

What I am missing here?
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