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Barnes: The two newest employees at this company have salaries that are too high for the simple tasks normally assigned to new employees and duties that are too complex for inexperienced workers. Hence, the salaries and the complexity of the duties of these two newest employees should be reduced.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Barnes's argument depends?

(A) The duties of the two newest employees are not less complex than any others in the company.
(B) It is because of the complex duties assigned that the two newest employees are being paid more than is usually paid to newly hired employees.
(C) The two newest employees are not experienced at their occupations.
(D) Barnes was not hired at a higher-than-average starting salary.
(E) The salaries of the two newest employees are no higher than the salaries that other companies pay for workers with a similar level of experience.

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What the argument says ?

2 new employees have a) Salaries which are very high for simple tasks assigned to new employees
b) They have been given duties which are normally meant for experienced people.

Based on which he says their salaries and complexity of the tasks should both be reduced , what Barnes assumes is that the new employees are newbies and not experienced people . Example : If i have recently shifted a job to a new company i will be a new employee there but i do have past experience which deems me to get complex tasks and a higher salary .

Coming back to the choices

(A) The duties of the two newest employees are not less complex than any others in the company. Explanation : Not relevant since other companies are not taken into account
(B) It is because of the complex duties assigned that the two newest employees are being paid more than is usually paid to newly hired employees.
Even if this is assumed it does not help to bridge the gap of the conclusion i.e reduction in their salary
(C) The two newest employees are not experienced at their occupations. Clearly nails the answer choice .
(D) Barnes was not hired at a higher-than-average starting salary. We are not concerned about Barnes
(E) The salaries of the two newest employees are no higher than the salaries that other companies pay for workers with a similar level of experience.
We are not considering other companies here

Answer is C

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Barnes: The two newest employees at this company have salaries that are too high for the simple
tasks normally assigned to new employees and duties that are too complex for inexperienced
workers. Hence, the salaries and the complexity of the duties of these two newest employees
should be reduced.


Which one of the following is an assumption on which Barnes's argument depends?

(A) The duties of the two newest employees are not less complex than any others in the company.
there is no comparison on complexity of tasks, ..there may be experienced people with much more complex duties..... so out
(B) It is because of the complex duties assigned that the two newest employees are being paid more than is usually paid to newly hired employees.
it is easy to get swayed by this choice.. Barnes does say that they are being given high salaries and are doing complex duties but does not show that both are connected. it can be that they are just getting higher salaries for timings, working conditions or just like that
(C) The two newest employees are not experienced at their occupations.
barnes does assume that they are not experienced as he states that they have been given duties that are complex for inexperienced workers.. so correct
(D) Barnes was not hired at a higher-than-average starting salary.
this has no relation with the argument
(E) The salaries of the two newest employees are no higher than the salaries that other companies pay for workers with a similar level of experience.
there is no comparison with other companies..

ans C
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1. Salary paid is too high compared to what is paid to the other new employees with normal tasks
2. Tasks assigned are too complex for the normal inexperienced workers.

There can be an Alternate reasoning that 2 new employees are EXPERIENCED.

But BARNES has reached a CONCLUSION that both the SALARY and the COMPLEXITY of the job SHOULD BE REDUCED

ASSUMPTION: SO BARNES' ASSUMPTION is that the 2 NEW EMPLOYEES are INEXPERIENCED
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The argument concludes that: the salaries and the complexity of the duties of these two newest employees should be reduced.
The basis for this:
- There are 2 new workers.
- Their starting salaires are too high for new employees. --> should be reduced.
- Their tasks are too complex for inexperienced employees. --> should be reduced.
==> The gap between the 2 new workers & inexperienced employees.
C fills the gap.

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In options A comparison to other workers of the company makes this a out of scope option and thus incorrect
Similarly in option E comparison to other companies makes this a out of scope option and thus incorrect
In option D Barnes salary is discussed which has no relation with the given argument and thus incorrect
option B is partially true option which may or may not be true
If we negate option C then the conclusion completely falls apart
correct choice - C

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Barnes: The two newest employees at this company have salaries that are too high for the simple tasks normally assigned to new employees and duties that are too complex for inexperienced workers. Hence, the salaries and the complexity of the duties of these two newest employees should be reduced.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Barnes's argument depends?

(A) The duties of the two newest employees are not less complex than any others in the company.
(B) It is because of the complex duties assigned that the two newest employees are being paid more than is usually paid to newly hired employees.
(C) The two newest employees are not experienced at their occupations.
(D) Barnes was not hired at a higher-than-average starting salary.
(E) The salaries of the two newest employees are no higher than the salaries that other companies pay for workers with a similar level of experience.

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I somehow feel option B weakens the argument. It canot be an assumption.
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C is already stated in the argument so how can it be an assumption ??

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I have the same question as above, i deliberately left C, as it's bringing the point which is already stated in the premise.

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