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# Editor: Many people blame investment banks alone for the decline in US

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Updated on: 28 Aug 2017, 21:26
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Editor: Many people blame investment banks alone for the decline in US economy over the past five years. Yet clearly, the Federal Reserve and consumers have each played a vital role in this decline. In the five years prior to the recession, the Federal Reserve kept interest rates low and consumers had a habit of spending beyond their means. Combined, consumers went ahead and took on large mortgages to buy homes they couldn't necessarily afford should they lose a fraction of their income.

In the editor's argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

(A)It is the main conclusion of the argument.

(B)It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.

(C)It is an explanation that the argument concludes is correct.

(D)It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.

(E)It introduces a judgment that the argument opposes.

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Originally posted by imyuva on 28 Aug 2017, 20:48.
Last edited by imyuva on 28 Aug 2017, 21:26, edited 1 time in total.
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28 Aug 2017, 21:10
Boldface not highlighted.
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28 Aug 2017, 21:28
akshata19 wrote:
Boldface not highlighted.

Oh Sorry. Now I have highlighted bold phrase.

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28 Aug 2017, 22:39
Imo E
The boldface is the judgement that the argument opposes .

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28 Aug 2017, 22:42
Boldface part is neither the main conclusion nor the evidence/explanation so we can clearly eliminate A C D

*Many people blame* the sentence indicates that
it is not a finding but more of a perception
Hence not B

And later part of the passage indicates that others are to blamed as well

E is the best choice

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28 Aug 2017, 22:47
imyuva wrote:
Editor: Many people blame investment banks alone for the decline in US economy over the past five years. Yet clearly, the Federal Reserve and consumers have each played a vital role in this decline. In the five years prior to the recession, the Federal Reserve kept interest rates low and consumers had a habit of spending beyond their means. Combined, consumers went ahead and took on large mortgages to buy homes they couldn't necessarily afford should they lose a fraction of their income.

In the editor's argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

(A)It is the main conclusion of the argument.

(B)It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.

(C)It is an explanation that the argument concludes is correct.

(D)It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.

(E)It introduces a judgment that the argument opposes.

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Here's what I think:
The author says that Investment banks aren't the only ones to be blamed, federal reserve and consumers deserve an equal share of blame too. The paragraph 'In the five years prior.... their income." justifies his argument.
Hence it is clear that the argument given by the author contradicts or opposes the first statement.

Therefore option E is correct.
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25 Nov 2017, 16:55
the pattern in this question is important b/c the pattern has been employed by many reliable gmat sources.
Test takers should be aware of the pattern.
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10 Jan 2018, 03:39
E--- people opinion/Judgment or assumption it is
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