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Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.
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Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.


Hi RichaChampion

I just want to know isn't option D provides the alternate reason? Ashton is interested in soccer but it is not having enough money.

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The answer is C.. Kindly correct..

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OA should be C. Please correct.

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Its Option D

D says " its not because of Lack of interest, but because of economic constraints Ashton is not supporting soccer"

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OA should be C. Please correct.

It can't be C. Its Out of scope. the argument deals with professional franchise and option C about collegiate.

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Could be C. It just gives an alternate cause as to why Ashton would be paying less attention. But D is an equally lucrative option.

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C does not weaken the claim that Ashton is not interested in soccer. Again I think that this question is not in usual OG format

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OA should be C. Please correct.

It can't be C. Its Out of scope. the argument deals with professional franchise and option C about collegiate.


Why is that a relevant distinction? The conclusion talks about soccer generally and isn't limited to professional soccer. If the argument said that the city isn't interested in professional soccer, I would agree with you. On the other hand, if college soccer is big in that town and worthy of media coverage, the city has at least some interest in soccer.

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C does not weaken the claim that Ashton is not interested in soccer. Again I think that this question is not in usual OG format

Sorry my bad answer should be C. Low income does not mean people cannot go to games. It is possible the ticket prices are affordable enough for the citizens but still they do not want to go

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C does not weaken the claim that Ashton is not interested in soccer. Again I think that this question is not in usual OG format

Sorry my bad answer should be C. Low income does not mean people cannot go to games. It is possible the ticket prices are affordable enough for the citizens but still they do not want to go


In addition to this argument says Ashton is not interested in soccer, as a whole. Well if the media coverage is all about collegiate soccer, that is a subset of soccer so residents are interested in soccer but maybe not professional
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Could any of the experts explain why the answer is D and not C ?

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please help here for reasoning. IMO C , but OA is D .

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please help here for reasoning. IMO C , but OA is D .

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Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

However there could be some other reason that ticket sales are low. The other reason is described in option D. Hence D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion.

Please note that the correct answer should attack the LINK between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Hence option C is incorrect. (Such an option is frequently given as a trap.)

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Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.


As written, either C or D could be correct. If the conclusion read 'it is clear that Ashton is not interested in professional soccer', D would be correct for the reasons described here (it provides an alternative explanation, other than lack of interest - which is common in weaken problems.)

However, since the conclusion doesn't mention professional soccer specifically, C certainly does weaken it, by showing evidence that Ashton is, in fact, interested in soccer. D is a more 'GMAT-like' answer, but that's not a decision you'd need to make on the test. There's something wrong with this problem.
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Please explain how choice C attacks conclusion in isolation and choice D attack at the LINK between premise and conclusion. Thanks.

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Please explain how choice C attacks conclusion in isolation and choice D attack at the LINK between premise and conclusion. Thanks.

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Please explain how choice C attacks conclusion in isolation and choice D attack at the LINK between premise and conclusion. Thanks.


Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

An observation or fact is given - this fact is used as the premise. From this premise the cause of such observation (conclusion) is arrived at.
Option D illustrates an alternative cause for the observation/ premise. i.e. this option attacks the CAUSAL RELATION, which is the core of the argument. Therefore option D is correct

Option C attacks only the conclusion, just by stating another observation that might show that the conclusion may not be true. But option C has nothing to do with the CAUSAL RELATION between the premise and conclusion. Therefore Option C is wrong.

For further understanding, you may refer to this post about an official question that incorporates similar trap:
is-this-answer-key-from-og-correct-208210.html#p1715182

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please help here for reasoning. IMO C , but OA is D .

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Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

However there could be some other reason that ticket sales are low. The other reason is described in option D. Hence D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion.

Please note that the correct answer should attack the LINK between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Hence option C is incorrect. (Such an option is frequently given as a trap.)



can we assume the the ticket prices are high enought to be out of budget of the people? because thats what has to be assumed for D to be correct.

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please help here for reasoning. IMO C , but OA is D .

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Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

However there could be some other reason that ticket sales are low. The other reason is described in option D. Hence D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion.

Please note that the correct answer should attack the LINK between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Hence option C is incorrect. (Such an option is frequently given as a trap.)



can we assume the the ticket prices are high enought to be out of budget of the people? because thats what has to be assumed for D to be correct.


Yes, a weakening statement does not need to confirm that the conclusion is wrong. It just needs to weaken the argument. The same is true for strengthening statement, i.e. it does not need to confirm that the argument is true.

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