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# Garbage in this neighborhood probably will not be collected

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Updated on: 16 Nov 2013, 07:45
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2. Garbage in this neighborhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week. Garbage is usually collected here on Wednesdays, and the garbage collectors in this city are extremely reliable. However, Monday was a public holiday, and after a public holiday that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is supposed to be collected one day later than usual.

The argument proceeds by

(A) treating several pieces of irrelevant evidence as though they provide support for the conclusion
(B) indirectly establishing that one thing is likely to occur by directly ruling out all of the alternative possibilities
(C) providing information that allows application of a general rule to a specific case
(D) generalizing about all actions of a certain kind on the basis of a description of one such action
(E) treating something that is probable as though it were inevitable

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Originally posted by WinWinMBA on 20 Jun 2005, 11:13.
Last edited by mau5 on 16 Nov 2013, 07:45, edited 1 time in total.
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21 Jun 2005, 03:05
The argument follows C quite well
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04 Jul 2007, 18:45
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Garbage in this neighborhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week. Garbage is usually collected here on Wednesdays, and the garbage collectors in this city are extremely reliable. However, Monday was a public holiday, and after a public holiday that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is supposed to be collected one day later than usual.
The argument proceeds by
(A) treating several pieces of irrelevant evidence as though they provide support for the conclusion
(B) indirectly establishing that one thing is likely to occur by directly ruling out all of the alternative possibilities
(C) providing information that allows application of a general rule to a specific case
(D) generalizing about all actions of a certain kind on the basis of a description of one such action
(E) treating something that is probable as though it were inevitable

C or E...please explain ur POE??
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04 Jul 2007, 20:02
I am with C.

It gives generic rules and applies to this specific case.
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05 Jul 2007, 17:49
Hi...can u tell me why E is wrong?
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05 Jul 2007, 19:09
vineetgupta wrote:
Hi...can u tell me why E is wrong?

The argument would have had to include language suggests something is probable. In this passage, it states a rule. If is said something like "usually when a holiday fall on a monday, the garbage is picked up a day later," then it would have been probable that the garbage would be picked up a day later.
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05 Jul 2007, 19:31
C is correct. NOthing in the passage suggests that it is only probable that garbage will be collected one day later.
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20 Oct 2013, 00:10
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Garbage in this neighborhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week. Garbage is usually collected here on Wednesdays, and the garbage collectors in this city are extremely reliable. However, Monday was a public holiday, and after a public holiday that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is supposed to be collected one day later than usual.
The argument proceeds by
(C) providing information that allows application of a general rule to a specific case
(E) treating something that is probable as though it were inevitable

C or E...please explain ur POE??

1. "after a public holiday that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is supposed to be collected one day later than usual."
2. "Garbage in this neighborhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week."
1 is general rule and 2 is specific case. Therefore the answer is C.

(E) treating something that is probable - 'supposed to' in sentence 1 indicates certainty or probability
as though it were inevitable. - 'probably' in sentence 2 indicates probability, not inevitability
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22 Oct 2013, 07:29
What's wrong with D here?

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22 Oct 2013, 08:20
Found this very confusing. What is the source of this question? Are questions like these asked on GMAT?
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26 Apr 2014, 03:22
+1 for C, General rule mentioned in question is applied to speific case i.e. public holiday on monday.
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20 Jul 2014, 19:01
What is the specific case here?
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24 Nov 2014, 08:33
maggie27 wrote:
What is the specific case here?

Hey maggie,

Here OA is C:
"providing information that allows application of a general rule to a specific case" where

- the application of a general rule is that the collector are rarely late

- And where the specific case is the fact that the weeks where the monday's off, they're expected to pass one day later than usual.

hope it helps,

Kudos are good for health =)
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05 May 2015, 00:13
i confused Thursday with and Tuesday and chose A))
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19 Apr 2017, 21:55
We begin by analyzing the structure of the problem: Premise: Garbage is
usually collected here on Wednesdays, and the garbage collectors in this city
are extremely reliable. Premise: Monday was a public holiday. Premise:
After a public holiday that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is
supposed to be collected one day later than usual. Conclusion: Garbage in
this neighborhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week. The
argument is sound and the conclusion seems reasonable. The language in
the conclusion is not absolute (“probably”), and this is justified since the
language used in the argument—“usually” and “supposed to be”—is also
probabilistic. Knowing that the argument is valid, the question you must ask
yourself is, “How would I describe the structure of this argument?”

Answer choice (A): This answer forces you to make an assessment of the premises
(the “evidence”) as they relate to the conclusion. Are the premises irrelevant
to the conclusion? Clearly not. Therefore, this answer is incorrect.

Answer choice (B): This is a half-right, half-wrong answer. The argument does
establish “that one thing is likely to occur.” But, is this established by ruling
out all of the alternative possibilities? No, to do that would mean presenting
arguments against the garbage being collected on Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
etc. Since this section of the answer choice does not occur, this answer is
incorrect. Also, because the argument does not rule out all the alternatives,
the conclusion is not established “indirectly.”

Answer choice (C): This is the correct answer. Consider each piece of the argument: “providing
information”—a variety of information about the garbage situation is provided.
“application of a general rule”—the general rule is that “After a public holiday
that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is supposed to be
collected one day later than usual.” “to a specific case”—the specific case is
the pickup of garbage this week in this neighborhood. Given that all elements
occurred and the answer presents an accurate description of the way the
author made his or her argument, this answer is correct. Now, take a moment
stimulus. How similar are the two? Given that you may not be familiar with
the language used by the test makers, the two may not be very similar. As
your preparation continues, you will become more comfortable with the
language and your Method of Reasoning pre-phrasing will improve. For
example, note the use in this answer of “general rule” to describe the last
sentence of the stimulus. The test makers could also have used a phrase like
“basic principle” to achieve the same result. Your job is to match their
language to what occurred in the stimulus.

Answer choice (D): This answer is an over generalization—a situation where one instance is used to make a
actually uses a general principle and applies it to one instance. In addition,
the language in the answer is far too strong in saying “all actions of a certain
kind” when the language in the stimulus was probabilistic.

Answer choice (E):This is an Exaggerated Answer. The conclusion states that “Garbage in this
neighborhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week” and the
use of “probably” is a clear and obvious indication that the author does not
think the Thursday garbage pickup is inevitable.
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04 Nov 2017, 20:02
Garbage in this neighborhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week. Garbage is usually collected here on Wednesdays, and the garbage collectors in this city are extremely reliable. However, Monday was a public holiday, and after a public holiday that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is supposed to be collected one day later than usual.
The argument proceeds by
(A) treating several pieces of irrelevant evidence as though they provide support for the conclusion
(B) indirectly establishing that one thing is likely to occur by directly ruling out all of the alternative possibilities
(C) providing information that allows application of a general rule to a specific case
(D) generalizing about all actions of a certain kind on the basis of a description of one such action
(E) treating something that is probable as though it were inevitable
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18 May 2019, 10:40
Conclusion, Premise, Counter Premise

Garbage in this neighbourhood probably will not be collected until Thursday this week. Garbage is usually collected here on Wednesdays, and the garbage collectors in this city are extremely reliable. However, Monday was a public holiday, and after a public holiday that falls on a Monday, garbage throughout the city is supposed to be collected one day later than usual.

Basically the author uses factual evidence (from premise 1 and 2) and the counter premise to conclude the date garbage will be collected given the fact nested in the counter premise that “Monday was a public holiday”. Seems like a pretty solid argument to me.

The argument proceeds by

(A) treating several pieces of irrelevant evidence as though they provide support for the conclusion
The pieces of evidence ARE relevant and do SUPPORT conclusion.

(B) indirectly establishing that one thing is likely to occur by directly ruling out all of the alternative possibilities
The author does not rule out any alternative possibilities. There's nothing "indirect" here.

(C) providing information that allows application of a general rule to a specific case

Seemed like a close choice at first between (B) and (C) at first glance, but (C) follows the general rule from the evidence provided (premise 1, 2, and counter premise) and then applies it to a case (i.e. Monday is a holiday).

(D) generalizing about all actions of a certain kind on the basis of a description of one such action
The author is not making generalisations about ALL actions. The evidence provided is pretty factual. Never does the author describe one action/example.

(E) treating something that is probable as though it were inevitable
Never does the author assume that the pickup will inevitably happen on Thursday. The author states that it “will probably be collected” on Thursday, not “definitely” or “inevitably”.

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