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# Because the government of Laconia provided considerable tax

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Because the government of Laconia provided considerable tax incentives to farmers, many newspapers, expecting that these tax incentives would allow farmers to invest more into their businesses and improve the profitability of Laconia’s agricultural sector, published articles stating that Laconian agriculture would soon become profitable. However, these newspapers did not consider that the Laconian government provides tax incentives only to support the weakest segments of economy, which are not likely to become profitable any time soon.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?
(A)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion of the argument; the second gives a reason for questioning the conclusion.
(B)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion; the second is the conclusion of the argument.
(C)The first is a statement explained by the argument; the second provides evidence in support of that statement.
(D)The first is a statement opposed by the argument as a whole; the second is evidence opposing that statement.
(E)The first is a statement explained by the argument as a whole; the second provides evidence opposing that statement.

Really appreciate a detailed explanation .
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29 Sep 2013, 18:07
I think it is C. Please post OA.

If my answer is correct, I will post the reasoning.
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29 Sep 2013, 23:03
krakgmat wrote:
I think it is C. Please post OA.

If my answer is correct, I will post the reasoning.

thanks for the attempt .. Edited the OA
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Because the government of Laconia provided considerable tax incentives to farmers, many newspapers, expecting that these tax incentives would allow farmers to invest more into their businesses and improve the profitability of Laconia’s agricultural sector, published articles stating that Laconian agriculture would soon become profitable. However, these newspapers did not consider that the Laconian government provides tax incentives only to support the weakest segments of economy, which are not likely to become profitable any time soon.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?
(A)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion of the argument; the second gives a reason for questioning the conclusion.
(B)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion; the second is the conclusion of the argument.
(C)The first is a statement explained by the argument; the second provides evidence in support of that statement.
(D)The first is a statement opposed by the argument as a whole; the second is evidence opposing that statement.
(E)The first is a statement explained by the argument as a whole; the second provides evidence opposing that statement.

Really appreciate a detailed explanation .

Hi Guerrero,
In this question, try to figure out what is premise, counter premise and conclusion.
Premise: First boldface
Conclusion: Many newspaper articles published that Lanconian agriculture will become profitable.
Counter Premise: This is what author of this CR states. He mentions that the newspapers did not consider another aspect, and what these newspapers concluded may not be true.

P.S.: Do mention the source please
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30 Sep 2013, 01:28
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30 Sep 2013, 04:55
what is the source ??

it is a bit easy for a bold question
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Hi guerrero25, for these bold face questions, i suggest that you crack the stimulus of ur question before going to the answer choice. Once, u identify premise, conclusion n counter premise, u will find it easier to choose a correct answer. In this particular question:
Premise: the government provided tax incentives to farmers, many newspapers, expecting that these tax incentives would allow farmers to invest more and improve the profitability of Laconia’s agricultural sector.
Conclusion: Laconian agriculture would soon become profitable
Counter premise: HOWEVER, these newspapers did not consider that the Laconian government only supports the weakest segments of economy, not likely to become profitable any time soon.

After cracking the stimulus, u will clearly see that 1st Bold face lies on Premise which supports the conclusion and 2nd Bold face lies on the counter premises that opposes the conclusion. Saying in other way, they are on the opposite positions. what we need is to find an answer that correctly describes these positions.

(A)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion of the argument; the second gives a reason for questioning the conclusion.
=> Good. They are in the opposite sites. A good Contender.
(B)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion; the second is the conclusion of the argument.
=> 1st bold face's role is correct but 2nd isnt the conclusion so we can eliminate this choice safely.
(C)The first is a statement explained by the argument; the second provides evidence in support of that statement.
=> They are on the same side again. Eliminate.
(D)The first is a statement opposed by the argument as a whole; the second is evidence opposing that statement.
=> 1st correct, 2nd fails to describe its role.
(E)The first is a statement explained by the argument as a whole; the second provides evidence opposing that statement.
=> This is an Shell Game answer. However, the argument doesnt explain any statement. Instead, it claims that
"Laconian agriculture would soon become profitable". The 2nd is opposing the conclusion not the statement.

Hence, A is correct.

Hope it helps.
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11 Oct 2013, 05:42
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Hi guerrero25, for these bold face questions, i suggest that you crack the stimulus of ur question before going to the answer choice. Once, u identify premise, conclusion n counter premise, u will find it easier to choose a correct answer. In this particular question:
Premise: the government provided tax incentives to farmers, many newspapers, expecting that these tax incentives would allow farmers to invest more and improve the profitability of Laconia’s agricultural sector.
Conclusion: Laconian agriculture would soon become profitable
Counter premise: HOWEVER, these newspapers did not consider that the Laconian government only supports the weakest segments of economy, not likely to become profitable any time soon.

After cracking the stimulus, u will clearly see that 1st Bold face lies on Premise which supports the conclusion and 2nd Bold face lies on the counter premises that opposes the conclusion. Saying in other way, they are on the opposite positions. what we need is to find an answer that correctly describes these positions.

(A)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion of the argument; the second gives a reason for questioning the conclusion.
=> Good. They are in the opposite sites. A good Contender.
(B)The first provides evidence supporting the conclusion; the second is the conclusion of the argument.
=> 1st bold face's role is correct but 2nd isnt the conclusion so we can eliminate this choice safely.
(C)The first is a statement explained by the argument; the second provides evidence in support of that statement.
=> They are on the same side again. Eliminate.
(D)The first is a statement opposed by the argument as a whole; the second is evidence opposing that statement.
=> 1st correct, 2nd fails to describe its role.
(E)The first is a statement explained by the argument as a whole; the second provides evidence opposing that statement.
=> This is an Shell Game answer. However, the argument doesnt explain any statement. Instead, it claims that
"Laconian agriculture would soon become profitable". The 2nd is opposing the conclusion not the statement.

Hence, A is correct.

Hope it helps.

Excellent tear Down! Loved your explanation. Thanks!
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17 Feb 2017, 03:25
carcass wrote:

it is a bit easy for a bold question

GOOD FOR YOU! CONGRATULATIONS! YOU FOUND A QUESTION EASY!!!!

Is that the response you wanted for saying such a statement?

Next time think before you post. No one in the world cares if you found a question easy or difficult it doesn't help us in any way what your opinion is on a question unless you work for the GMAC. So keep your opinion to yourself from now on about question difficulty or how you found a question to be... Got it?
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17 Feb 2017, 09:15
A is closest contender and rest are not even remotely connected to correct answer. Answer A supports a conclusion, but it is not the conclusion of argument rather it is conclusion of many news papers. conclusion of argument is opposite to the conclusion of news papers, as evidenced by the keyword "However" in the last sentence. So correct answer must be something like:

The first provides evidence supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that conclusion.

In the 5 options given, A is least wrong.

first is not a statement that is explained or opposed by argument rather it is a fact. So C,D and E are out.
Second is not a conclusion of argument, rather it supports the conclusion. So B is out.
Only A remains.
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