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I. Room air conditioners produced by Japanese manufacturers tend to be more reliable than those produced by United States manufacturers.
II. The average lifetime of room air conditioners produced by United States manufacturers is about fifteen years, the same as that of room air conditioners produced by Japanese manufacturers.
Which one of the following, if true, would best reconcile the two statements above?
(A) Reliability is a measure of how long a product functions without needing repair.
(B) Production facilities of firms designated as United States manufacturers are not all located in the United States.
(C) Damage to room air conditioners during shipping and installation does not occur with great frequency in the United States or in Japan.
(D) Room air conditioners have been manufactured for a longer time in the United States than in Japan.
(E) Japanese manufacturers often use more reliable components in their room air conditioners than do United States manufacturers.
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24 Nov 2006, 12:19
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
I. Room air conditioners produced by Japanese manufacturers tend to be more reliable than those produced by United States manufacturers.
II. The average lifetime of room air conditioners produced by United States manufacturers is about fifteen years, the same as that of room air conditioners produced by Japanese manufacturers.
Which one of the following, if true, would best reconcile the two statements above?
(A) Reliability is a measure of how long a product functions without needing repair.
(B) Production facilities of firms designated as United States manufacturers are not all located in the United States.
(C) Damage to room air conditioners during shipping and installation does not occur with great frequency in the United States or in Japan.
(D) Room air conditioners have been manufactured for a longer time in the United States than in Japan.
(E) Japanese manufacturers often use more reliable components in their room air conditioners than do United States manufacturers.

Tough one foe me

going for A...there is possibilty that AC produced in US need many repairs in 15 yrs.... only through this we can prove that AC produced in Japan are more reliable than AC produced in US
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24 Nov 2006, 12:41
I am going for E.....this is basically asking us what the definition of reliable is...the 2 statements look incongruent because it is saying that reliable means lifetime of product, however choice E states that reliable is not just the lifetime, but reliable is the quality of the components as well.

Thus this combines both statements to work together. E
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24 Nov 2006, 13:04
A. Lifetime of US made and Japanese ACs can be same but US made ones may require more repairs during their lifetimes; therefore, A reconciles these two statements by defnining "reliability" in terms of less frequent repairs.
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24 Nov 2006, 13:19
I am going for A. The only way I am able to reconcile the two is with the right definition of reliability.
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25 Nov 2006, 00:00
A 2.

reliability is not the same as lifetime. A points out the difference.
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25 Nov 2006, 16:28
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A 2.

reliability is not the same as lifetime. A points out the difference.

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25 Nov 2006, 23:05
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
A. Lifetime of US made and Japanese ACs can be same but US made ones may require more repairs during their lifetimes; therefore, A reconciles these two statements by defnining "reliability" in terms of less frequent repairs.

For the same reason A. But E is a deadly trap.
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25 Nov 2006, 23:14
OA =A
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12 Jan 2007, 17:02
ak_idc wrote:
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
A. Lifetime of US made and Japanese ACs can be same but US made ones may require more repairs during their lifetimes; therefore, A reconciles these two statements by defnining "reliability" in terms of less frequent repairs.

For the same reason A. But E is a deadly trap.

Just wanted to point out that E is indeed a trap (in which I fell intially)... to reconcile (I) and (II), the answer choice has to deal with both reliability and lifetime, which A indeed does.
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