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City Financial Manager: While the city budget for children’s programs continues to rise, children make up a markedly smaller percentage of our population compared to ten and twenty years ago. Given that fact, fewer programs for children are necessary and we can consequently cut expenditures for such programs. Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument? (A) Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services. (B) The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades. (C) Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city. (D) There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city. (E) Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population.
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29 Jun 2016, 04:42
IMO D
The question clearly states that children form a smaller percentage of the total population today than they did 10 or 20 years ago. Given this, increases in the city's budget for children can be cut down as fewer programs will be required.
Lets say 10 years back, # of adults = 80 # of children = 20 Therefore children were only 20% of the population 10 years ago.
Case 1: Lets say today, # of adults = 80 # of children = 10 => count of children has decreased Therefore children are only 12.5% of the population today.
Case 2: Lets say today, # of adults = 200 # of children = 30 => count of children has increased even though the proportion has decreased Therefore children are only 15% of the population today.
As you can see, for the argument to stand, it requires that the # of adults do NOT increase significantly. Failing to meet this requirement would mean that even the proportion of children in todays populations is less than it was 10 years back, the number of children have actually increased and then the argument would fall apart.
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29 Jun 2016, 03:35
City Financial Manager thinks that fewer programs for children are necessary as children now make up a markedly smaller percentage of the city's population compared to ten and twenty years ago. Let's go to the options:
A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.
City Financial Manager never mentions this. Incorrect.
B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.
children make up a markedly smaller percentage of the city. Therefore, if we negate option B, then also the difference in the number of children to the number of adults will be huge. Incorrect.
C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.
Out of scope. Incorrect.
D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.
Again not related to the question asked. Incorrect.
E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population.
If the above statement is false, then the increase in number of children’s programs is not a bad idea. Therefore, the author should assume E in order to give such a statement. Correct.
IMO E.



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29 Jun 2016, 09:53
D. The passage talks about proportion and less kids. and not the underutilization of the programs. Children might make a lower proportion of the total population, but the absolute number might be higher than the 1020 years ago. So, if the city saw a large increase in adult population, the number of children is still the same or higher and hence, we still need the programs.



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29 Jun 2016, 10:18
The number of adults could go up drastically and still result in fewer children. Take this example Few years ago 60/40 percent split with 600/400. Now, 90/10 percent split with 1800/222
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29 Jun 2016, 10:55
Hi rahulkashyap, I will provide you my explanation too. Hope it will be of some help to you. Argument: Budget for children's program continues to rise. Children make up a smaller percentage of population now than 10 and 20 yrs ago. > Fewer programs for children are necessary. Expenditures can be reduced. Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago. 2. The number of adults must not increase significantly. Suppose, 10 years ago there were 200 children and 800 adults > % of children = 20%. Now, there are 1000 children and 9000 adults > % of children = 10%. In this case, % of children is less but can fewer programs be provided? No.A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.  Incorrect  Irrelevant B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.  Incorrect  We are not sure about the effect of population decline. Population decline may support/may not support the argument. C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.  Incorrect  Effect of this option on the argument cannot be established. D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.  Correct E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population.  Incorrect  Irrelevant Answer: C



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29 Jun 2016, 11:33
rahulkashyap wrote: Can anyone explain how e can be eliminated? By negating we get, many are fully utilized.
Posted from my mobile device E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population. Negate E: Not many of the children's programs in the city are underutilized by the current population > Some programs are still underutilized. > Supports the conclusion instead of negating the conclusion.



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29 Jun 2016, 15:29
Vyshak wrote: City Financial Manager: While the city budget for children’s programs continues to rise, children make up a markedly smaller percentage of our population compared to ten and twenty years ago. Given that fact, fewer programs for children are necessary and we can consequently cut expenditures for such programs.
Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument?
A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.
B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.
C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.
D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.
E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population. Conclusion says that expenditure on children's program should be reduced because PERCENTAGE of children's population is very small portion of total population. This is a problem dealing with percentage and number. Author must be assuming that the number of children did not increase with reduced percentage. Since, the population is composed of kids and adults, and if number of children did not increase as per author's assumption, number of adults must have not increased significantly. This is what exactly option 'D' says. If we negate option D There has been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city. If there is significant increase in number of adults. there is significant increase in total population and in children's population.
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Divyadisha wrote: Vyshak wrote: City Financial Manager: While the city budget for children’s programs continues to rise, children make up a markedly smaller percentage of our population compared to ten and twenty years ago. Given that fact, fewer programs for children are necessary and we can consequently cut expenditures for such programs.
Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument?
A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.
B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.
C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.
D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.
E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population. Conclusion says that expenditure on children's program should be reduced because PERCENTAGE of children's population is very small portion of total population. This is a problem dealing with percentage and number. Author must be assuming that the number of children did not increase with reduced percentage. Since, the population is composed of kids and adults, and if number of children did not increase as per author's assumption, number of adults must have not increased significantly. This is what exactly option 'D' says. If we negate option D There has been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city. If there is significant increase in number of adults. there is significant increase in total population and in children's population. The number of adults could go up drastically and still result in fewer children. Take this example Few years ago 60/40 percent split with 600/400. Now, 90/10 percent split with 1800/222 Posted from my mobile device



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30 Jun 2016, 07:25
rahulkashyap wrote: The number of adults could go up drastically and still result in fewer children. Take this example Few years ago 60/40 percent split with 600/400. Now, 90/10 percent split with 1800/222
Posted from my mobile device Hi Rahul, I think you did not read my explanation carefully. Refer: Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago.In your case the number of children now are not significantly greater than the number of children 10 or 20 years before. You are looking at one possible assumption and trying to argue against the other possible assumption.



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30 Jun 2016, 08:26
Vyshak wrote: rahulkashyap wrote: The number of adults could go up drastically and still result in fewer children. Take this example Few years ago 60/40 percent split with 600/400. Now, 90/10 percent split with 1800/222
Posted from my mobile device Hi Rahul, I think you did not read my explanation carefully. Refer: Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago.In your case the number of children now are not significantly greater than the number of children 10 or 20 years before. You are looking at one possible assumption and trying to argue against the other possible assumption. Im not entirely sure what you mean, but what I meant was if I negate D, it doesn't destroy the conclusion. That is, if there is a significant increase in adults, it still is resulting in fewer children and not invalidating the assumption. Posted from my mobile device



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rahulkashyap wrote: Vyshak wrote: rahulkashyap wrote: The number of adults could go up drastically and still result in fewer children. Take this example Few years ago 60/40 percent split with 600/400. Now, 90/10 percent split with 1800/222
Posted from my mobile device Hi Rahul, I think you did not read my explanation carefully. Refer: Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago.In your case the number of children now are not significantly greater than the number of children 10 or 20 years before. You are looking at one possible assumption and trying to argue against the other possible assumption. Im not entirely sure what you mean, but what I meant was if I negate D, it doesn't destroy the conclusion. That is, if there is a significant increase in adults, it still is resulting in fewer children and not invalidating the assumption. Posted from my mobile device In your case, the numbers you have taken are: For 10 or 20 yrs ago: 600 adults and 400 children > 40% children Now: 1800 adults and 220 children > 10% children Here the number of children now (220) is not significantly greater than the number of children 10 or 20 yrs ago (400). This can be one among many possible assumptions. > Assumption 1Option D: There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city. Negate D: There has been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city. Take few numbers to test the negation of D: 10 or 20 yrs ago: 800 adults and 200 children > 20%children Now: 9000 adults and 1000 children > 10% children Earlier there were 200 children and now there are 1000 children > Conclusion (i.e. fewer programs are necessary) breaks down. Hence option D is also one of the several possible assumptions. > Assumption 2The mistake you are doing: you are considering assumption 1 and arguing that assumption 2 is not valid.Hope it helps.



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Vyshak wrote: Hi rahulkashyap, I will provide you my explanation too. Hope it will be of some help to you. Argument: Budget for children's program continues to rise. Children make up a smaller percentage of population now than 10 and 20 yrs ago. > Fewer programs for children are necessary. Expenditures can be reduced. Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago. 2. The number of adults must not increase significantly. Suppose, 10 years ago there were 200 children and 800 adults > % of children = 20%. Now, there are 1000 children and 9000 adults > % of children = 10%. In this case, % of children is less but can fewer programs be provided? No.A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.  Incorrect  Irrelevant B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.  Incorrect  We are not sure about the effect of population decline. Population decline may support/may not support the argument. C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.  Incorrect  Effect of this option on the argument cannot be established. D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.  Correct E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population.  Incorrect  Irrelevant Answer: C Hi, Although D seems logical but it is still not properly crafted I reckon. In your above explanation you have rightly calculated that with significant increase in number of adults and moderate increase in no. of children the % of children will be less but number could still be larger/bigger. Now, my question is why are you increasing the number of children in your calculation? The statement says about number of adults only so keep number of children constant and increase number of adults significantly now the population will increase but that increase will be solely due to increase in number of adults hence, still we have lesser % of children over the entire population. For me a statement like "the number of children program 10 years ago was sufficient enough" could have been the best assumption for this question because negating this statement would shatter the suggestion/conclusion made by the author. Please read my cents carefully before negating my statement and also please do give your thoughts. GMAT Verbal Experts please give your suggestions too. Regards Yash "Give Kudos Take Kudos simple isn't it?" "I am not done as I have still not won".



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Vyshak wrote: Hi rahulkashyap, I will provide you my explanation too. Hope it will be of some help to you. Argument: Budget for children's program continues to rise. Children make up a smaller percentage of population now than 10 and 20 yrs ago. > Fewer programs for children are necessary. Expenditures can be reduced. Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago. 2. The number of adults must not increase significantly. Suppose, 10 years ago there were 200 children and 800 adults > % of children = 20%. Now, there are 1000 children and 9000 adults > % of children = 10%. In this case, % of children is less but can fewer programs be provided? No.A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.  Incorrect  Irrelevant B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.  Incorrect  We are not sure about the effect of population decline. Population decline may support/may not support the argument. C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.  Incorrect  Effect of this option on the argument cannot be established. D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.  Correct E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population.  Incorrect  Irrelevant Answer: D hello sir thanks for clarifying the answer ,although i just want to sure myself whether i am right or missing something , as you have mentioned above that the no. of adults should not increase significantly , but my doubt is that ,if say, the no. of children 10 years ago who now became adults then ultimately the no. of adults should rise , isn't it ? please clarify , i am confused thanks in advance



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nks2611 wrote: Vyshak wrote: Hi rahulkashyap, I will provide you my explanation too. Hope it will be of some help to you. Argument: Budget for children's program continues to rise. Children make up a smaller percentage of population now than 10 and 20 yrs ago. > Fewer programs for children are necessary. Expenditures can be reduced. Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago. 2. The number of adults must not increase significantly. Suppose, 10 years ago there were 200 children and 800 adults > % of children = 20%. Now, there are 1000 children and 9000 adults > % of children = 10%. In this case, % of children is less but can fewer programs be provided? No.A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.  Incorrect  Irrelevant B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.  Incorrect  We are not sure about the effect of population decline. Population decline may support/may not support the argument. C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.  Incorrect  Effect of this option on the argument cannot be established. D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.  Correct E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population.  Incorrect  Irrelevant Answer: D hello sir thanks for clarifying the answer ,although i just want to sure myself whether i am right or missing something , as you have mentioned above that the no. of adults should not increase significantly , but my doubt is that ,if say, the no. of children 10 years ago who now became adults then ultimately the no. of adults should rise , isn't it ? please clarify , i am confused thanks in advance Option D says "Significant increase" means noteworthy. So children do become adults after 10 years so it's a common thing. Option D is saying there's no such significant increase in adults living in city. 10 yrs back 100 children are there so after 10 yrs you can expect 100 adults but if you see 1000 adults then that can be count as Significant increase. If we are seeing 1000 adults then obviously children ratio will also increase and fewer programs are not sufficient. Argument will break. Hope you got your answer..!



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sai897 wrote: nks2611 wrote: Vyshak wrote: Hi rahulkashyap, I will provide you my explanation too. Hope it will be of some help to you. Argument: Budget for children's program continues to rise. Children make up a smaller percentage of population now than 10 and 20 yrs ago. > Fewer programs for children are necessary. Expenditures can be reduced. Possible assumptions: 1. If fewer programs are necessary then the number of children now must not be significantly more than the number of children 10 or 20 years ago. 2. The number of adults must not increase significantly. Suppose, 10 years ago there were 200 children and 800 adults > % of children = 20%. Now, there are 1000 children and 9000 adults > % of children = 10%. In this case, % of children is less but can fewer programs be provided? No.A. Without budget cuts, the city will be unable to maintain its current level of services.  Incorrect  Irrelevant B. The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades.  Incorrect  We are not sure about the effect of population decline. Population decline may support/may not support the argument. C. Children’s programs are an important factor in the decisions of families that consider moving to the city.  Incorrect  Effect of this option on the argument cannot be established. D. There has not been a significant increase in the number of adults living in the city.  Correct E. Many of the children’s programs in the city are underutilized by the current population.  Incorrect  Irrelevant Answer: D hello sir thanks for clarifying the answer ,although i just want to sure myself whether i am right or missing something , as you have mentioned above that the no. of adults should not increase significantly , but my doubt is that ,if say, the no. of children 10 years ago who now became adults then ultimately the no. of adults should rise , isn't it ? please clarify , i am confused thanks in advance Option D says "Significant increase" means noteworthy. So children do become adults after 10 years so it's a common thing. Option D is saying there's no such significant increase in adults living in city. 10 yrs back 100 children are there so after 10 yrs you can expect 100 adults but if you see 1000 adults then that can be count as Significant increase. If we are seeing 1000 adults then obviously children ratio will also increase and fewer programs are not sufficient. Argument will break. Hope you got your answer..! yeah thanks , it means if we negate option D then we got to know if no. of adults has raised then obviously the no. of children has increased as well. so more programs will be needed . that's how it is an assumption . thanks for clarifying



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Can anyone tell me what is the problem with option B?



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LoneSurvivor wrote: Can anyone tell me what is the problem with option B? Here is choice B (B) The city’s population has not declined sharply over the past two decades. It actually says that the population has not declined sharply. It can mean two things 1) The population has remained constant 2) The population has increased Now we given in the argument that the percentage of the children has declined over the last 20 years. This choice poses a problem for us. It may so happen over all the number of children has increased still the percentage is low because overall population has increased. If anything B weakens the argument. Hope it helps



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But D doesn't mention that at the same time number of children didn't increase so what if adults significantly increased while children significantly increased as well. I mean D has some logical flaw. It should refers to only increase in adults rather than children then we have to infer that children Percent really shrinked.




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