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Because the cork stoppers in wine bottles can leak

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Because the cork stoppers in wine bottles can leak, crumble, or become moldy, winemakers must often discard a significant proportion of their inventory of bottled wine. Bottlemaster, Inc., produces a plastic stopper that cannot leak, crumble, or mold. Bottlemaster's plastic stopper is available to winemakers for a price only slightly higher than that of traditional cork stoppers, and cork prices are expected to rise considerably in the near future. Therefore, Bottlemaster's plastic stopper will increase its share of the market for wine-bottle stoppers.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A)The first and the second each provide evidence to support the conclusion of the argument.

B)The first presents information that, in light of other information presented, provides evidence to support the conclusion of the argument; the second is that conclusion.

C)The first is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument opposes; the second is the conclusion of the argument.

D)The first is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument opposes; the second provides evidence to support the conclusion of the argument.

E)The first is a claim that the argument challenges; the second is a conclusion on which that challenge is based.

Please explain the line of reasoning

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Because the cork stoppers in wine bottles can leak, crumble, or become moldy, winemakers must often discard a significant proportion of their inventory of bottled wine. Bottlemaster, Inc., produces a plastic stopper that cannot leak, crumble, or mold. Bottlemaster's plastic stopper is available to winemakers for a price only slightly higher than that of traditional cork stoppers, and cork prices are expected to rise considerably in the near future. Therefore, Bottlemaster's plastic stopper will increase its share of the market for wine-bottle stoppers.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A)The first and the second each provide evidence to support the conclusion of the argument.

B)The first presents information that, in light of other information presented, provides evidence to support the conclusion of the argument; the second is that conclusion.

C)The first is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument opposes; the second is the conclusion of the argument.

D)The first is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument opposes; the second provides evidence to support the conclusion of the argument.

E)The first is a claim that the argument challenges; the second is a conclusion on which that challenge is based.

Please explain the line of reasoning


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My explanation goes like this:

Bottlemaster's plastic stopper is available to winemakers for a price only slightly higher than that of traditional cork stoppers - BP1

Bottlemaster's plastic stopper will increase its share of the market for wine-bottle stoppers. - BP2.

Here the conclusion is BP2 itself... So options B,C and E fit the bill..

Let try to check the relation between BP1 and BP2

Earlier there were cork stoppers for wine bottles and they didn't as per the expectation i.e. leak, crumble, or mold...but plastic stopper don't leak, crumble, or mold...Now wine makers preferring plastic stoppers even though the price is high. Now we here we can see that Wine makers compared cork stoppers and plastic ones.. They decided plastic stoppers are best.

If we look at option B, one proved better than the other and when makers buy plastic stoppers obviously the sales of PS goes up. Only this option seems relevant and connecting to the conclusion.

In option C the argument is talking about the plastic stoppers advantages and the sales increase of it. Plastic stoppers related supporting the conclusion.
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New post 26 Jul 2016, 02:30
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IMO B

2nd BF is of course the conclusion.
so leaves us with B,C and E

for E,1st BF -argument is not challenging it just provides and info or evidence.So eliminate E

for C -1st BF - i don't see argument opposing anything or or any info.

left with B which is correct.

1st BF does provide info to argument which in turn supports the other info provided and supports the conclusion
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New post 12 Jan 2019, 21:54
Clearly, the second boldface sentence is the conclusion made in the argument. There is nothing to debate about it.
Answering this question would be relatively easy if you focus on the use of “only slightly higher” in the first boldface sentence. “Only slightly higher” adds positively to the conclusion made in the argument. If it were just “higher” or “somewhat higher” then it would have opposed to conclusion. So, bold face statement here, in light of other information provided, supports the claim. Hence, B is the answer.
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