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DataCom, a company that filed many patents last year, was financially

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DataCom, a company that filed many patents last year, was financially more successful last year than were its competitors, none of which filed many patents. It is therefore likely that DataCom owed its greater financial success to the fact that it filed many patents last year.

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(A) presupposes what it sets out to demonstrate about the relationship between the financial success of DataCom’s competitors and the number of patents they filed

(B) confused a company’s financial success with its technological innovativeness

(C) fails to establish whether any one of DataCom’s competitors was financially more successful last year than was any other

(D) gives no reason to exclude the possibility that other differences between DataCom and its competitors accounted for its comparative financial success

(E) applies a generalization to an exceptional case


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D is the right answer.
There might be some reason other than filing more patents, that contributed to company's success.

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Why is A not correct? Is not A a good contender to D.
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Why is A not correct? Is not A a good contender to D.


I fell for A too at first.
Im no expert but i try to explain my thoughts.

The argument sets out to suggest that there is a correlation between number of patents files and financial success.
But it never directly presupposes/assumes that in order to make the suggestion. The argument just mentions the lower number of patents filed as a plain fact.
A sounds so good, but actually is not true.
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New post 28 Jun 2020, 09:23
Bunuel pls state the reasoning.
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DataCom, a company that filed many patents last year, was financially more successful last year than were its competitors, none of which filed many patents. It is therefore likely that DataCom owed its greater financial success to the fact that it filed many patents last year.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

The highlighted portion above is conclusion.

(A) presupposes what it sets out to demonstrate about the relationship between the financial success of DataCom’s competitors and the number of patents they filed --> It does not presuppose that, but a relation between patents and Financial success in general.

(B) confused a company’s financial success with its technological innovativeness --> This is little tricky, but if you pay attention you will find that it is not confusing financial success and technological innovativeness(Patent), but cause and effect.

(C) fails to establish whether any one of DataCom’s competitors was financially more successful last year than was any other --> Irrelevant

(D) gives no reason to exclude the possibility that other differences between DataCom and its competitors accounted for its comparative financial success --> It presupposes that more patent lets to greater financial success, but there could be numerous other reasons.

(E) applies a generalization to an exceptional case --> Out of scope, as it is not stated that it is an exceptional case
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Re: DataCom, a company that filed many patents last year, was financially   [#permalink] 30 Jun 2020, 21:45

DataCom, a company that filed many patents last year, was financially

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