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Ernesto: Sales of VCRs—videocassette recorders—will decline in the next few years because the saturation level among U.S. households has virtually been reached.

Milton: Every year a greater number of popular feature films is released on cassette—at least 6 per month. Clearly VCR sales will remain constant, if not rise.

Which of the following is the best logical evaluation of Milton’s response to Ernesto’s argument?

(A) He cites evidence that, if true, disproves the evidence cited by Ernesto in drawing his conclusion.
(B) He points out a gap in the logic followed by Ernesto in drawing his conclusion.
(C) He cites an issue ignored by Ernesto and which outweighs the issues raised by Ernesto.
(D) He does not speak to Ernesto’s point because he fails to raise the issue of whether VCR sales may be linked to sales of other leisure-related products.
(E) He fails to respond to Ernesto’s argument because he assumes that nothing will significantly retard the sale of VCR’s, which was the issue that Ernesto raised.

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I see that Milton didn't agree with Ernesto's conclusion and Milton gave an evidence to prove his own conclusion so I don't understand what does "He fails o respond to Ernesto's argument", from option E mean. Moreover I don't understand why option A is incorrect. Milton's evidence that "Every year a greater number of popular feature films is released on cassette—at least 6 per month" should mean that because there are new movies released every year on cassettes he believes that saturation level for VCR's cannot be reached so he is disproving Ernesto's evidence before drawing conclusion.

The official answer is given as E.

Please help me understand the option E and correct me if my understanding of option A is incorrect.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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E is right.

Ernesto's point " sales of VCRs will decline cause almost every US household already has it"
Milton's point "New films are released on cassettes, so sales of VCR will remain constant, if not rise"

Milton's argument is flawed. He makes a point that can conclude that cassette sale will be constant, but we cannot assume the same for cassette player's - VCR - sale.
Thus Milton fails to respond to Ernesto's argument , which talks about sales of VCRs, not cassettes.

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22 Aug 2012, 12:43
piyatiwari wrote:
Thus Milton fails to respond to Ernesto's argument , which talks about sales of VCRs, not cassettes.
Bingo!

This is the problem, and the reason E is correct. Well done!
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Ernesto: Sales of VCR's—videocassette—recorders will decline in the next few years because the saturation level among U.S. households has virtually been reached.

Milton: Every year a greater number of popular feature films is released on cassette at least 6 per month. Clearly VCR sales will remain constant, if not rise.

Which of the following is the best logical evaluation of Milton's response to Ernesto's argument?

A) He cites evidence that, if true, disproves the evidence cited by Ernesto in drawing his conclusion.
B) He points out a gap in the logic followed by Ernesto in drawing his conclusion.
C) He cites an issue ignored by Ernesto and which outweighs the issues raised by Ernesto.
D) He does not speak to Ernesto's point because he fails to raise the issue of whether VCR sales may be linked to sales of other leisure-related products.
E) He fails to respond to Ernestos argument because he assumes that nothing will significantly retard the sale of VCRs, which was the issue that Ernesto raised.

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Ernesto argues that VCR sales are going to decline because almost everyone has a VCR already. Milton completely disregards this point and argues that a lot of cassettes come out every year, so VCR sales will remain steady or even increase.

A) Milton does not attack the evidence cited by Ernesto
B) Milton points out no gaps in logic. He doesn't even address what Ernesto said, except for the conclusion.
C) Milton's "issue" certainly doesn't outweigh Ernesto's argument. Milton's argument doesn't make any sense actually. If you have a VCR, it doesn't matter if a million cassettes come out per month...you already have a VCR to play them on.
E) Bingo. Milton ignores Ernesto's valid point.

I hope this helps!!!
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Ernesto SAYS THAT Sales of VCR's will decline because there is saturation in U.S. households with regards to this item.....

Milton says new film cassettes released every 6 months will ensure VCR sales will remain constant, if not rise. If people already have VCR-----THE SAME CAN BE USED TO SEE THE NEW REALEASES... WHY DO NEW VCRs BE BOUGHT......

miltons argument is logically incorrect..................

E) He fails to respond to Ernestos argument because he assumes that nothing will significantly retard the sale of VCRs, which was the issue that Ernesto raised.

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30 Nov 2015, 01:00
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Ernesto: Sales of VCRs—videocassette recorders—will decline in the next few years because the saturation level among U.S. households has virtually been reached.

Milton: Every year a greater number of popular feature films is released on cassette—at least 6 per month. Clearly VCR sales will remain constant, if not rise.

Which of the following is the best logical evaluation of Milton’s response to Ernesto’s argument?

(A) He cites evidence that, if true, disproves the evidence cited by Ernesto in drawing his conclusion.
(B) He points out a gap in the logic followed by Ernesto in drawing his conclusion.
(C) He cites an issue ignored by Ernesto and which outweighs the issues raised by Ernesto.
(D) He does not speak to Ernesto’s point because he fails to raise the issue of whether VCR sales may be linked to sales of other leisure-related products.
(E) He fails to respond to Ernesto’s argument because he assumes that nothing will significantly retard the sale of VCR’s, which was the issue that Ernesto raised.

The official answer is given as E. I see that Milton didn't agree with Ernesto's conclusion and Milton gave an evidence to prove his own conclusion so I don't understand what does "He fails o respond to Ernesto's argument", from option E mean. Moreover I don't understand why option A is incorrect. Milton's evidence that "Every year a greater number of popular feature films is released on cassette—at least 6 per month" should mean that because there are new movies released every year on cassettes he believes that saturation level for VCR's cannot be reached so he is disproving Ernesto's evidence before drawing conclusion.

Please help me understand the option E and correct me if my understanding of option A is incorrect.

A is incorrect clearly because Milton doesn't disprove the EVIDENCE cited by Ernesto. He might as well have disproved the conclusion that VCR sales would go down which is an opinion or judgement of Ernesto's but the statement that the market for VCR is saturated is a statement of fact that can't be refuted.

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13 Feb 2016, 01:01
Is this sentence correct ?

Every year a greater number of popular feature films is released on cassette—at least 6 per month.

Every year a greater number ...are...?

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How can we say that Milton assumes nothing will significantly retard the sales of vcr? Seems extreme in this context.
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How can we say that Milton assumes nothing will significantly retard the sales of vcr? Seems extreme in this context.

We may conclude so because Milton makes the following statement:
"Clearly VCR sales will remain constant, if not rise."

The above conclusion implies that Milton has not taken into consideration other factors that may result in a (net) drop in sales.

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