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# Citizens in Country X are frequently complaining that lines in governm

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10 Jun 2018, 11:32
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Citizens in Country X are frequently complaining that lines in government offices are much longer now than they were 15 years ago. No real measure of the length of the lines in government offices in Country X 15 years ago or today exists, but the citizens' complaints are almost certainly exaggerated, if not altogether unwarranted. The number of government officials in Country X has quadrupled over the past 15 years whereas the number of citizens has only doubled.

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

A. The first is the argument's conclusion; the second is the premise on which this conclusion is based.

B. The first is evidence in favor of a certain position; the second is additional evidence that seems to contradict the first.

C. The first is the argument's conclusion; the second is evidence that seems to contradict this conclusion.

D. The first is a report of one side's opinion; the second is the opposite position.

The first is a premise; the second is another premise that contains information that sheds new light on the situation.

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10 Jun 2018, 15:58
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Citizens in Country X are frequently complaining that lines in government offices are much longer now than they were 15 years ago. No real measure of the length of the lines in government offices in Country X 15 years ago or today exists, but the citizens' complaints are almost certainly exaggerated, if not altogether unwarranted. The number of government officials in Country X has quadrupled over the past 15 years whereas the number of citizens has only doubled.

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

A. The first is the argument's conclusion; the second is the premise on which this conclusion is based.

B. The first is evidence in favor of a certain position; the second is additional evidence that seems to contradict the first.

C. The first is the argument's conclusion; the second is evidence that seems to contradict this conclusion.

D. The first is a report of one side's opinion; the second is the opposite position.

E. The first is a premise; the second is another premise that contains information that sheds new light on the situation.

Initial Inferences:
- 1st bold statement: This is a claim made by citizens of Country X 15 years ago.
- 2nd bold statement: This is a claim opposing the citizens' claim and represents the authors point of view.

A) The first statement is the opposite conclusion to that of the argument
B) The first statement is a claim not evidence
C) The first statement is the opposite conclusion to that of the argument. The second statement is a claim not evidence.
D) The first statement is the opinion of the citizens. The second statement is the opposite opinion which the author supports. -----> THIS MATCHES MY INITIAL INFERENCES
E) Both of the statements are claims not evidence.

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10 Jun 2018, 20:30
I think the Answer is D .

The first is a premise and the second is main conclusion / position which is contradictory to the initial statement
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10 Jun 2018, 23:35
B and D looks in the final list ...ll go with D
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10 Jun 2018, 23:52
IMO the answer is D. Only D talks about both being opposite positions in the correct way.
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