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Community representative: Paper bags are substantially less expe

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Community representative: Paper bags are substantially less expensive than plastic bags. And plastic is not biodegradable, which means that using plastic bags clutters up landfills and pollutes the environment. Customers can preserve the environment by making exclusive use of paper bags, and we can encourage them to do so by informing them that this is the case. Thus, we can save money on shopping bags by drawing attention to this advantage paper bags have over plastic.

Which of the following, if true, would most indicate a vulnerability of the community representative's argument?

A. It take multiple paper bags to carry securely the same amount of groceries that could hit into a plastic bag
B. Plastic bags are only a portion of the litter that makes its at to landfills
C. Paper bags have already become more popular than plastic bags
D.Biodegradable plastic bags are increasingly available
E. Paper and plastic prices are volatile and subject to change in the future.
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New post 21 Mar 2019, 10:20
My confusion in this question is that:
The representative is considering effect on the environment (biodegradable) as one of the most important factor of luring people to use paper bags.
Hence I feel D is the option that can weaken the argument as the customers would no longer be lured by "effect on nature" argument.
However, there is also the case, that the price of biodegradable plastic bags has not been discussed. We can also counter this options by saying that these bags could be actually cheaper.

Can experts please help me understand where I am going wrong?
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My confusion in this question is that:
The representative is considering effect on the environment (biodegradable) as one of the most important factor of luring people to use paper bags.
Hence I feel D is the option that can weaken the argument as the customers would no longer be lured by "effect on nature" argument.
However, there is also the case, that the price of biodegradable plastic bags has not been discussed. We can also counter this options by saying that these bags could be actually cheaper.

Can experts please help me understand where I am going wrong?


Just see the conclusion once again....conclusion is that we could save money on shopping bags....

Therefore we have to see the weakness in the author's reasoning to draw this conclusions from the reasoning in argument.
Option A clearly states that if we buy more paper bags than plastic bags for the same stuffs .. it weakens

Option D is concerned with the premise and it does not address the conclusion in hand

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Community representative: Paper bags are substantially less expensive than plastic bags. And plastic is not biodegradable, which means that using plastic bags clutters up landfills and pollutes the environment. Customers can preserve the environment by making exclusive use of paper bags, and we can encourage them to do so by informing them that this is the case. Thus, we can save money on shopping bags by drawing attention to this advantage paper bags have over plastic.

Which of the following, if true, would most indicate a vulnerability of the community representative's argument?

A. It take multiple paper bags to carry securely the same amount of groceries that could hit into a plastic bag
B. Plastic bags are only a portion of the litter that makes its at to landfills
C. Paper bags have already become more popular than plastic bags
D.Biodegradable plastic bags are increasingly available
E. Paper and plastic prices are volatile and subject to change in the future.


Here, we have to demolish the conclusion - "we can save money on shopping bags by drawing attention....."
We have to present a situation in which either it is equally expensive in both cases or that paper bags would cost more than plastic bags.
A presents this case by showing that for the same amount of groceries more paper bags would be required. This may lead to an increase in the expenses. Therefore, A is correct.
B, C, D and E are completely irrelevant.
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New post 22 Mar 2019, 21:40
Why cant it be E? Wouldn't price change also impact how much money you save

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