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Consumer advocate: Businesses are typically motivated primarily by the desire to make as great a profit as possible, and advertising helps businesses to achieve this goal. But it is clear that the motive of maximizing profits does not impel businesses to present accurate information in their advertisements. It follows that consumers should be skeptical of the claims made in advertisements.

Each of the following, if true, would strengthen the consumer advocate’s argument EXCEPT:

(A) Businesses know that they can usually maximize their profits by using inaccurate information in their advertisements.
(B) Businesses have often included inaccurate information in their advertisements.
(C) Many consumers have a cynical attitude toward advertising.
(D) Those who create advertisements are less concerned with the accuracy than with the creativity of advertisements.
(E) The laws regulating truth in advertising are not applicable to many of the most common forms of inaccurate advertising.

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We want to strengthen an argument that concludes that "consumers should be skeptical of the claims made in advertisements". Answer A tells us that companies are motivated to make false claims, answer B tells us companies do make false claims, answer D tells us companies don't care much if they make false claims, and answer E tells us companies can get away with making false claims. So those answers all lend some support to the argument. But C does not - whether some consumers are suspicious of advertising has nothing necessarily to do with whether advertising itself is suspect.
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New post 30 Sep 2019, 16:22
V good example of the crispy language used in CR to select the wrong choice, the semi finalist. D took some time to finally leave as A, B and E were out on the first reading.
For selecting C, I took time to decide how much cynical mind will be different from a skeptical one, the former has psychological problem and the latter has experience problem . So, I selected C because it is the bad experience which is a bit under discussion. So C is the winner.


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Akela wrote:
Consumer advocate: Businesses are typically motivated primarily by the desire to make as great a profit as possible, and advertising helps businesses to achieve this goal. But it is clear that the motive of maximizing profits does not impel businesses to present accurate information in their advertisements. It follows that consumers should be skeptical of the claims made in advertisements.

Each of the following, if true, would strengthen the consumer advocate’s argument EXCEPT:

(A) Businesses know that they can usually maximize their profits by using inaccurate information in their advertisements.
(B) Businesses have often included inaccurate information in their advertisements.
(C) Many consumers have a cynical attitude toward advertising.
(D) Those who create advertisements are less concerned with the accuracy than with the creativity of advertisements.
(E) The laws regulating truth in advertising are not applicable to many of the most common forms of inaccurate advertising.


The keyword is - does not strengthen

We need to find out a choice which does not strengthen the advocate's reasoning.

C does nothing to the reasoning.
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