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# Consumer advocate: Many household cleaners contain ingredients which a

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Consumer advocate: Many household cleaners contain ingredients which are highly toxic when ingested by children or pets. Because of this significant risk, I propose a law prohibiting the use of such toxic ingredients in household cleaners.

Which of the following, if true, provides the most support for the argument above?

(A) Most toxic household cleaners have labels which clearly warn of their toxicity.

(B) There are many different types of household cleaners, and some are more effective than others.

(C) When the use of household cleaners is discontinued, harmful bacteria are more likely to propagate in areas where children and pets are commonly found.

(D) The toxic ingredients in most household cleaners could be replaced by comparably priced, non-toxic ingredients of equal or better quality.

(E) The amount of toxic ingredients found in most household cleaners is much less than the amount contained in most types of common gasoline.

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29 Apr 2017, 23:30
Argument is saying: Many household cleaners contain toxics for children or pets. So, a new law should be passed to prohibit this.

We need to strengthen this. For that we need to say either children are actually consuming this toxic or we can prevent the current conditions on stopping its use.

(A) Most toxic household cleaners have labels which clearly warn of their toxicity. : Irrelevant. No where telling us law is going to help or not.

(B) There are many different types of household cleaners, and some are more effective than others. : Again, irrelevant as option A.

(C) When the use of household cleaners is discontinued, harmful bacteria are more likely to propagate in areas where children and pets are commonly found. : A weakener. If we remove this cleaner , it can be more harmful.

(D) The toxic ingredients in most household cleaners could be replaced by comparably priced, non-toxic ingredients of equal or better quality. : Same as our pre thinking. Hence, correct

(E) The amount of toxic ingredients found in most household cleaners is much less than the amount contained in most types of common gasoline. Irrelevant, same as A.
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16 Jul 2017, 08:51
Hi GMATNinja / Experts
I could easily identify the conclusion that consumer advocate proposes a law to prohibit
use of toxic ingredients in household cleaners.
Can you explain why C is a weakener?
My logic: If discontinuing household cleaners can propagate more harmful bacteria where children and pet are usually found, then this provide alternate reasoning for advocate's proposal and not toxicity in the household cleaners. Is my justfication correct?
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Answer choice (C): The advocate does not suggest that the use of household cleaners be discontinued—just those with toxic ingredients—so this choice would not be entirely relevant to the argument (if it played any role, this answer would weaken the assertion that household cleaners should be discontinued, by pointing to a detrimental effect of their prohibition).
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