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# Contrary to earlier predictions, demand for sugarcane has

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Contrary to earlier predictions, demand for sugarcane has not increased in recent years. Yet, even though prices and production amounts have also been stable during the last three years, sugarcane growers last year increased their profits by more than 10% over ther previous year's level.

Any of the following statements, if true about last year, helps to explain the rise in profits EXCEPT:

(A) Many countries that are large consumers of sugarcane increased their production of sugarcane-based ethanol. yet their overall consumption decreased.
(B) Sugarcane growers have saved money on wages by switching from paying laborers an hourly wage to paying them by the amount harvested.
(C) The price of the oil, the major energy source used by sugarcane growers in harvesting their crops, dropped by morethan 20%.
(D) Many small sugarcane growers joined together to form an association of sugarcane producers and began to buy supplies at low group rates.
(E) Rainfall in sugarcane-growing regions was higher than it had been during the previous year, allowing the growers to save money on expensive arificial irrigation.
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15 Jan 2008, 14:34
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Except type questions are slightly tricky. Please rephrase these questions by add following “does not/ will not” in the question.

Rephrase: Any of the following statements, if true about last year, does not help to explain the rise in profits:

(A)Many countries that are large consumers of sugarcane increased their production of sugarcane-based ethanol. yet their overall consumption decreased. [Has nothing to do with the profits]

(B)Sugarcane growers have saved money on wages by switching from paying laborers an hourly wage to paying them by the amount harvested. [Lower wages can yield higher profits - contributor to increase rise in profits – eliminate it]

(C)The price of the oil, the major energy source used by sugarcane growers in harvesting their crops, dropped by morethan 20%. [Drop in oil prices – can contribute to profits - eliminate it]

(D)Mnay small sugarcane growers joined together to form an association of sugarcane producers and began to buy supplies at low group rates. [Wholesale purchase can increase profits - eliminate it]

(E)Rainfall in sugarcane-growing regions was higher than it had been during the previous year, allowing the growers to save money on expensive arificial irrigation. [clear money saver - can increase profits - eliminate it]

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15 Jan 2008, 14:37
hanumayamma wrote:
Except type questions are slightly tricky. Please rephrase these questions by add following “does not/ will not” in the question.

Rephrase: Any of the following statements, if true about last year, does not help to explain the rise in profits:

(A)Many countries that are large consumers of sugarcane increased their production of sugarcane-based ethanol. yet their overall consumption decreased. [Has nothing to do with the profits]

(B)Sugarcane growers have saved money on wages by switching from paying laborers an hourly wage to paying them by the amount harvested. [Lower wages can yield higher profits - contributor to increase rise in profits – eliminate it]

(C)The price of the oil, the major energy source used by sugarcane growers in harvesting their crops, dropped by morethan 20%. [Drop in oil prices – can contribute to profits - eliminate it]

(D)Mnay small sugarcane growers joined together to form an association of sugarcane producers and began to buy supplies at low group rates. [Wholesale purchase can increase profits - eliminate it]

(E)Rainfall in sugarcane-growing regions was higher than it had been during the previous year, allowing the growers to save money on expensive arificial irrigation. [clear money saver - can increase profits - eliminate it]

hey it works. ur answer is right E.
can u help me solve out the CR problems. i have my exam date in feb.
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15 Jan 2008, 14:39
To tackle such kind of questions,replace

'Except'
by 'does not' in the question stem.

Any of the following statements, if true about last year, helps to explain the rise in profits EXCEPT:

can be replaced by

Any of the following statements, if true about last year, does not help to explain the rise in profits

IMO A.
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15 Jan 2008, 16:07
I got A as well.

Looking at each statement I determined if it would cause an increase in profits but answer choice A would not increase profits.
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29 Apr 2011, 10:30
A is clear enough here.
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03 Sep 2011, 01:53
Hi,
What is meant by "supplies" in the statement:"began to buy supplies at low group rates" in option D.
This confused me into thinking, that if the farmers themselves are buying supplies(sugarcane) at low group rates, then the sugarcane is selling at low rate than it would have been sold otherwise, thus reducing the profit.

Do we mean things used to produce sugarcane like seeds,instruments et al by supplies ?

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03 Sep 2011, 02:00
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Hi,
What is meant by "supplies" in the statement:"began to buy supplies at low group rates" in option D.
This confused me into thinking, that if the farmers themselves are buying supplies(sugarcane) at low group rates, then the sugarcane is selling at low rate than it would have been sold otherwise, thus reducing the profit.

Do we mean things used to produce sugarcane like seeds,instruments et al by supplies ?

Green part is the correct interpretation. Supplies to produce sugarcane.
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09 Sep 2011, 15:29
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Contrary to earlier predictions, demand for sugarcane has not increased in recent years. Yet, even though prices and production amounts have also been stable during the last three years, sugarcane growers last year increased their profits by more than 10% over ther previous year's level.

Any of the following statements, if true about last year, helps to explain the rise in profits EXCEPT:

(A)Many countries that are large consumers of sugarcane increased their production of sugarcane-based ethanol. yet their overall consumption decreased.
(B)Sugarcane growers have saved money on wages by switching from paying laborers an hourly wage to paying them by the amount harvested.
(C)The price of the oil, the major energy source used by sugarcane growers in harvesting their crops, dropped by morethan 20%.
(D)Mnay small sugarcane growers joined together to form an association of sugarcane producers and began to buy supplies at low group rates.
(E)Rainfall in sugarcane-growing regions was higher than it had been during the previous year, allowing the growers to save money on expensive arificial irrigation.

help me out what the author want to know . m not understanding his point of view.n particularly what i have to search in this type of questions.

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A. A does not help to explain why farmers made profits but the rest of the choices do.
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11 Sep 2011, 07:19
A doesn't have anything to do with the argument. It's the answer.
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11 Sep 2011, 10:40
A it is for me too..
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28 Dec 2014, 11:22
Hi Everyone,

Argument given is as below -
Contrary to earlier predictions, demand for sugarcane has not increased in recent years. Yet, even though prices and production amounts have also been stable during the last three years, sugarcane growers last year increased their proﬁts by more than 10 percent over the previous year’s level.

Note the bold face marked sentence- it says that production amount has been stable - means production is stable per demand and not reducing.
and Option A says that - "yet their overall consumption of sugarcane decreased" which is opposite to what argument question says.
How A can be the answer if it undermines the argument...

Or may be my interpretation of argument is wrong.

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13 Jun 2015, 10:32
I have a question on this one.

I was stuck between A and B. B states that growers saved money by switching from hourly wage to paying by amount harvested (or "production amounts"). This can obviously save money and thus, would increase profits, meaning B could not be the answer.

However, it states in the question stem that "production amounts have been stable". That would mean that B could not save money (since production amounts are stable, and wages are now based on production amounts). Wouldn't that mean B could be an answer?
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28 Mar 2017, 05:02
Sugarcane Demand has not increased. Price and Production amount have been stable. Still, More profits.

Now, we can find out the options that explains this shocking story. Left over would be our answer.

(A) Many countries that are large consumers of sugarcane increased their production of sugarcane-based ethanol. yet their overall consumption decreased. Yeah. This is not explaining what happened. So, Correct.
(B) Sugarcane growers have saved money on wages by switching from paying laborers an hourly wage to paying them by the amount harvested. : Ohh.. So, they saved something and hence, got more profit. Cool.
(C) The price of the oil, the major energy source used by sugarcane growers in harvesting their crops, dropped by morethan 20%. Same as B
(D) Many small sugarcane growers joined together to form an association of sugarcane producers and began to buy supplies at low group rates. Same as B
(E) Rainfall in sugarcane-growing regions was higher than it had been during the previous year, allowing the growers to save money on expensive arificial irrigation. Same as B
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