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# Economist: To the extent that homelessness arises from a

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Economist: To the extent that homelessness arises from a lack of available housing, it should not be assumed that th profit motive is at fault. Private investors will, in general, provide housing if hte market allows them to make a profit; it is unrealistic to expect investors to take risks with their property unless they get some benefit in return.

Which one of the following most accurately describes the role played in the economist's argument by the phrase "To the extent that homelessness arises from lack of available housing"?

A) It limits the application of the argument to a part of the problem
B) IT suggests that the primary cause of homelessness is lack of avialable housing.
C) It is offered as evidence crucial to the conclusion
D) It expresses the conclusion to be argued for
E) It suggests a possible solution to the problem of homelessness.
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28 Jul 2005, 06:01
I will go with A
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28 Jul 2005, 08:05
A. Don know why.
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28 Jul 2005, 11:19
Anyone else?
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28 Jul 2005, 11:24
gmataquaguy wrote:
Anyone else?

So it is not A?
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28 Jul 2005, 12:08
B can not be refuted.

A, c and E are definetly out.
I dont know what D means...

The argument is revolving around this statement.

A) It limits the application of the argument to a part of the problem
- out, too general...
B) IT suggests that the primary cause of homelessness is lack of avialable housing.
C) It is offered as evidence crucial to the conclusion
it is not an evidance, it is a conclusion of the argument.
D) It expresses the conclusion to be argued for

E) It suggests a possible solution to the problem of homelessness.
- OUT No solution has been offered...
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28 Jul 2005, 12:59
B) as well...b/c it suggest that it is like that, but it is not as stated by the author.
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28 Jul 2005, 16:45
B it is.
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28 Jul 2005, 17:54
I will have to go with A on this one the reason as follows

Homelessness maybe caused by lot of different problems, by using "the extent" part of the sentence the author limits the argument to only those homeless who are homeless due to lack of available housing...
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28 Jul 2005, 20:19
D it is
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28 Jul 2005, 21:38
i go with B.
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29 Jul 2005, 00:31
it seems to me as if the bold face tries to limit the scope of the discussion. it's (A).
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29 Jul 2005, 05:17
will go with A.
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30 Jul 2005, 17:56
Lets have OA, pls?
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30 Jul 2005, 18:55
The conclusion is "not be assumed that the profit motive is at fault (for homelessness)"

But this conclusion is not valid for all types of homelessness, just the part of homelessness that is due to lack of available housing.

Therefore the BF part limits the application of the argument. My choice is A.
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01 Aug 2005, 19:48
The OA is A. Can anyone explain what the heck AC "A' really means and how its applicable to the argument at hand?
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01 Aug 2005, 21:04
gmataquaguy wrote:
The OA is A. Can anyone explain what the heck AC "A' really means and how its applicable to the argument at hand?

I think my explanation before is convincing, anyway i paste it again, if it is not convincing, I am sorry

I will have to go with A on this one the reason as follows

Homelessness maybe caused by lot of different problems, by using "the extent" part of the sentence the author limits the argument to only those homeless who are homeless due to lack of available housing...
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02 Aug 2005, 05:35
Ranga41,
I see what "to the extent" is doing - thanks for the explanation. But isnt the statement "to the extent that homelessness arises from a lack of available housing, it should not be assumed that the profit motive is at fault" a conclusion?
As a result, AC B, D and E are absurd choices. Because it is a conclusion AC C is wrong, no?
Just trying to clarify my understanding.

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03 Aug 2005, 15:19
gmataquaguy wrote:
Ranga41,
I see what "to the extent" is doing - thanks for the explanation. But isnt the statement "to the extent that homelessness arises from a lack of available housing, it should not be assumed that the profit motive is at fault" a conclusion?
As a result, AC B, D and E are absurd choices. Because it is a conclusion AC C is wrong, no?
Just trying to clarify my understanding.

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I agree the reason you give for rejecting the answer choice C
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04 Aug 2005, 04:38
The OA is A.
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