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New post 03 Jan 2018, 15:13
hellosanthosh2k2 wrote:
Hi,

I feel, had the choice C read as "For some consumers, convenience is the only important factor in determining which type of washing machine is superior", it would have been an apt choice. I feel "only" is making it too strong.

mikemcgarry - can you please help?

Thanks

Dear hellosanthosh2k2,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

I agree that the "only" makes (C) stand out as strong, and that's precisely the point. That's part of why it works as an answer.

You see, the argument itself is a relatively weak argument. This prompt argument easily could have been the prompt for a "weaken the argument" question.

Notice that the negation of (C) would be a devastating objection to this argument, and the Negation Test is one of the strongest for an assumption.

The fact that (C) is a laughably extreme statement and yet the assumption of the argument casts tremendous doubt on the validity of the argument. If Person #1 made the prompt argument, and then Person #2 said, "So, it seems you are assuming that . . ." and then said (C), this would be a brilliantly understated yet devastating objection to the argument. The extremity of (C) perfectly brings out the flimsy weakness of the prompt argument.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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New post 03 Jan 2018, 15:47
IMO OA is C

(A) For some consumers the convenience of frontloaders outweighs the advantages of toploaders in assessing which is superior.
-> This is a lure sentence. But! You have to think about a word 'some'. Because of the word 'some', this sentence is just one kind of fact.
So it cannot be an assumption.
(B) Washing machines of a given type should be compared only with washing machines of that type.
-> Nothing.
(C) Convenience is the only important factor in determining which type of washing machine is superior.
-> Correct. If not C, we have to think another factors between top-loading washing machines and front-loaders.
(D) Retrieving clothes from a top-loader is convenient for people who do not use wheelchairs.
-> This is just one kind of fact.
(E) Retrieving clothes from front-loaders is inconvenient for people who are not wheelchair users.
-> This is just one kind of fact.
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New post 06 Jan 2018, 10:41
mikemcgarry wrote:
hellosanthosh2k2 wrote:
Hi,

I feel, had the choice C read as "For some consumers, convenience is the only important factor in determining which type of washing machine is superior", it would have been an apt choice. I feel "only" is making it too strong.

mikemcgarry - can you please help?

Thanks

Dear hellosanthosh2k2,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

I agree that the "only" makes (C) stand out as strong, and that's precisely the point. That's part of why it works as an answer.

You see, the argument itself is a relatively weak argument. This prompt argument easily could have been the prompt for a "weaken the argument" question.

Notice that the negation of (C) would be a devastating objection to this argument, and the Negation Test is one of the strongest for an assumption.

The fact that (C) is a laughably extreme statement and yet the assumption of the argument casts tremendous doubt on the validity of the argument. If Person #1 made the prompt argument, and then Person #2 said, "So, it seems you are assuming that . . ." and then said (C), this would be a brilliantly understated yet devastating objection to the argument. The extremity of (C) perfectly brings out the flimsy weakness of the prompt argument.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


Hi mikemcgarry, thanks for detailed explanation. It makes sense
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New post 19 Feb 2018, 01:04
THE OFFICIAL ANSWER OF THIS QUESTION IS CHOICE A.
PLEASE CORRECT THE ANSWER!!!
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New post 19 Feb 2018, 01:11
Reason for why choice C is wrong:

In order for the conclusion to be true, an assumption MUST be true.

Let's say if choice C not true, i.e Convenience is not the only factor to determine superiority.

The conclusion may still valid. Thus choice C cannot be the assumption.

ONLY CHOICE A IS CORRECT ANSWER. I am damn sure.
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