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Brownlea s post office must be replaced with a larger one.

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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost, the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.

Originally posted by RaviChandra on 13 May 2010, 10:03.
Last edited by pqhai on 17 Nov 2013, 15:41, edited 1 time in total.
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13 May 2010, 10:21
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RaviChandra wrote:
Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost, the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.

IMO B, my reasoning as below:
a. this statement is not concerned with the overall cost of the post office: irrelevant to the argument.
c. bus route expansion does not affect the cost of post office construction--->the argument is unaffected.
d. may be operational cost of the post office will increase, but construction cost will not be affected-->not relevant to the argument.
e. well dont have wording to express that this argument is irrelevant to the argument.

b. it shows that the cost of construction will increase at outskirts ... this is correct option and this weakens the argument.
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The option which states that the construction costs will increase at the city outskirts will weaken the conclusion. Hence, B !
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13 May 2010, 12:08
this was not hard CR...dont why I picked (D).....

should be (B)
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13 May 2010, 16:51
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Yup Every one is correct the OA is B, But i have a small doubt

if we refer the stem
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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded

ok three choice

1)Remain in the old post office building
2)build a new one in the City
3)build a new one in the outskirts

1)Remain in the old post office (is not possible because it really requires a bigger one(stated above)
this says the post office should surely be made a bigger one....(main criteria)....

Quote:
Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost

it clearly states that the land is a significant part of total expenditure.

so building in the City costs 1000Rs
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building in the outskirts costs 250Rs..

and since its stated acquiring land costs the majority of the expenditure----parking lot cant cost more than 250 (majority more than 50%)

so building a PO(along with parking lot) cant cost more than 500,which is cheaper than building in the city....

and option B says
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If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not...

Option b never mentioned the cost Parking lot (it may be too costly or need not be). there is a possibility that building PO(outskirts)+parking lot may be cheaper than building PO in the city alone

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agreed with Ravi, guys give this a thought and come up with an explanation.
ravi, what is the source of this question?
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16 May 2010, 05:48
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Yup Every one is correct the OA is B, But i have a small doubt

if we refer the stem
Quote:
Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded

ok three choice

1)Remain in the old post office building
2)build a new one in the City
3)build a new one in the outskirts

1)Remain in the old post office (is not possible because it really requires a bigger one(stated above)
this says the post office should surely be made a bigger one....(main criteria)....

Quote:
Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost

it clearly states that the land is a significant part of total expenditure.

so building in the City costs 1000Rs
&
building in the outskirts costs 250Rs..

and since its stated acquiring land costs the majority of the expenditure----parking lot cant cost more than 250 (majority more than 50%)

so building a PO(along with parking lot) cant cost more than 500,which is cheaper than building in the city....

and option B says
Quote:
If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not...

Option b never mentioned the cost Parking lot (it may be too costly or need not be). there is a possibility that building PO(outskirts)+parking lot may be cheaper than building PO in the city alone

IMO, significant part of the cost doesn't mean more than the total cost of the other option..>>> Refer to BLUE part above..!!
"Significant part" and "majority" are two different things

Also, given the options....B is best of the lot, No other option talks about the monetary aspects..!!

What do you suggest should be the answer..??
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IMO, significant part of the cost doesn't mean more than the total cost of the other option..>>> Refer to BLUE part above..!!
"Significant part" and "majority" are two different things

Also, given the options....B is best of the lot, No other option talks about the monetary aspects..!!

What do you suggest should be the answer..??

Even though this option is best of the lot i wasnt happy with this thats all.
Thanku for the explanation
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RaviChandra wrote:
nverma wrote:
IMO, significant part of the cost doesn't mean more than the total cost of the other option..>>> Refer to BLUE part above..!!
"Significant part" and "majority" are two different things

Also, given the options....B is best of the lot, No other option talks about the monetary aspects..!!

What do you suggest should be the answer..??

Even though this option is best of the lot i wasnt happy with this thats all.
Thanku for the explanation

Ravi, I had the same doubt after seeing the OA and the following explanation helped me:
"d. may be operational cost of the post office will increase, but construction cost will not be affected-->not relevant to the argument."

P.S. cr-lsat-brownlea-s-post-office-77909.html#p644587
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03 Oct 2010, 10:42
B for me. The option which increase the Construction cost in case its built in the outskirts of the city would be the answer.
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15 Oct 2010, 08:57
if we take the question easy, just B will stand out.
scope: cost of construction of post office.
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why can not be D?

I would vote for D.

They need bigeer office, probably a lot of people are visiting it (what may be other reasons? - increased operations?- nope). They will constrcut a new office with a hope to house all customers.
in В If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes (I read it as relevant po services), with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes. - this means that people would come to the post office less and use post office boxes less.
Thus, there is a bad idea to build a new office.
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vitamingmat wrote:
why can not be D?

I would vote for D.

They need bigeer office, probably a lot of people are visiting it (what may be other reasons? - increased operations?- nope). They will constrcut a new office with a hope to house all customers.
in В If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes (I read it as relevant po services), with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes. - this means that people would come to the post office less and use post office boxes less.
Thus, there is a bad idea to build a new office.

for the same reason I chose D ... What is the OA?
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Hi Roopika,

Let me see if I can help.

Here is the conclusion, with key words highlighted.

the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

We are only talking about BUILDING costs here - we need to find something that shows that building in might be cheaper.

As D talks about operating costs, whilst they might be of interest to the overall analysis, they are not relevant to the question of building costs.

A good example of the need to read the question very carefully.

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We need something that weakens the conclusion which says that the post office could be built more cheaply because it would be located in the outskirts of town.
Option D does not state how construction costs could be weakened if people used post offices less and if carriers would have to deliver more mails to home. At most the option D could mean that costs would rise for the post office, but that does not affect the cost of building the post office on the outskirts. Option D, simply, does not affect the conclusion which is most important for strengthen and weaken questions.
Btw this is an LSAT question so I don't think that there is an issue with the quality of the question.
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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost, the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.

I picked D as well...Would anyone clarify what's the OA please?
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Hi,

Option B is the OA. Explanations are given in above posts!!
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RaviChandra wrote:
Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost, the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.

I picked D as well...Would anyone clarify what's the OA please?
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Hello J.

Probably, you missed the conclusion a bit. So D is quite attractive answer, but D is wrong. OA is B.

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact: Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Fact: Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town.
Fact: Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost,
Conclusion: the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Determining conclusion correctly is KEY. The conclusion only focuses on CONSTRUCTION COST. The conclusion does NOT address future revenues or something like that.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
Wrong. Out of scope. Nothing about building code.

(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
Correct. Total Construction cost = Acquiring site cost + Building parking lot cost.
The cost to build a parking may affect the conclusion negatively. Thus, B is correct answer.

(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
Wrong. Expanding city bus routes is NOT the cost of building a post office.

(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
Wrong. SHELL GAME. D talks about the future revenue of the post office. But the future revenue does not affect anything to total building cost. Decreasing revenue and cheap building cost are two different categories. Keep in mind, The conclusion does not ask you to evaluate the plan of building a post office benefit or not. It only addresses the INITIAL cost – COST of building a post office. That's it.

(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.
Wrong. Out of scope. Nothing about disruption to city traffic.

Hope it helps.
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D it is for me. If B can be answer, then C can also be the answer.
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Brownlea’s post office must be replaced with a larger one. The present one cannot be expanded. Land near the present location in the center of town is more expensive than land on the outskirts of town. Since the cost of acquiring a site is a significant part of the total construction cost, the post office clearly could be built more cheaply on the outskirts of town.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument’s stated conclusion?

(A) The new post office will have to be built in accordance with a demanding new citywide building code.
(B) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, it will require a parking lot, but if sited near the present post office it will not.
(C) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, current city bus routes will have to be expanded to provide access.
(D) If the new post office is built on the outskirts of town, residents will make decreased use of post office boxes, with the result that mail carriers will have to deliver more mail to homes.
(E) If the new post office is built near the center of town, disruptions to city traffic would have to be minimized by taking such steps as doing some construction work in stages at night and on weekends.

We need to find a way to prove cost in outskirts of city will be more.
Ony option B does that, so answer should be B
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