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If a person chooses to walk rather than drive, there is one less vehicle emitting pollution into the air than there would be otherwise. Threfore if people would walk whenever it is feasible for them to do so, the pollution will be greatly reduced.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) Cutting down on pollution can be acheived in a variety of ways.
B) Taking public transportation rather than driving is not always feasible
C) Walking is the only feasible alternative to driving that results in reduction in pollution
D) there are people who never drive but who often walk
E) People sometimes drive when it is feasible to walk instead

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the arguement?

A) If automobile passengers who never drive walk instead of ride, there will not be fewer vehicles on the road as a result.
B) Nonmoving running vehicles, on average, emit half as much pollution per second as moving vehicles, but the greater congestion is, the more nonmoving running vehicles there are
C) Since different vehicles can pollute at diffferent rates, it is possible for one driver who walks to make a greater contribution to pollution prevention than another driver who walks.
D) On average, buses pollute more than cars do, but buses usually carry more passengers than cars do.
E) Those who previously rode as passengers in a vehicle whose driver decides to walk instead of drive migh themselves decide to drive.

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If a person chooses to walk rather than drive, there is one less vehicle emitting pollution into the air than there would be otherwise. Threfore if people would walk whenever it is feasible for them to do so, the pollution will be greatly reduced.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) Cutting down on pollution can be acheived in a variety of ways.
B) Taking public transportation rather than driving is not always feasible
C) Walking is the only feasible alternative to driving that results in reduction in pollution
D) there are people who never drive but who often walk
E) People sometimes drive when it is feasible to walk instead

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the arguement?

A) If automobile passengers who never drive walk instead of ride, there will not be fewer vehicles on the road as a result.
B) Nonmoving running vehicles, on average, emit half as much pollution per second as moving vehicles, but the greater congestion is, the more nonmoving running vehicles there are
C) Since different vehicles can pollute at diffferent rates, it is possible for one driver who walks to make a greater contribution to pollution prevention than another driver who walks.
D) On average, buses pollute more than cars do, but buses usually carry more passengers than cars do.
E) Those who previously rode as passengers in a vehicle whose driver decides to walk instead of drive migh themselves decide to drive.


E for the first one.

For the second one I don't think any of those options strengthens the argument.

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Answer to 1st question is E.

Second one is too confusing. my guess is C. OA and explanation please

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1. E
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A) If automobile passengers who never drive walk instead of ride, there will not be fewer vehicles on the road as a result.Weakens- says that if passengers in the carpool walk instead of take a ride, the driver would continue to drive. So his/her walking would make no difference.
B) Nonmoving running vehicles, on average, emit half as much pollution per second as moving vehicles, but the greater congestion is, the more nonmoving running vehicles there are. If more people decide to walk, 2 things can happen. 1) Pollution caused by their own cars would be eliminated, which is obvious. 2) That would result in reducing congestion, hence exponentially reduce the emissions from other cars. Correct Answer
C) Since different vehicles can pollute at diffferent rates, it is possible for one driver who walks to make a greater contribution to pollution prevention than another driver who walks. Totally unrelated.
D) On average, buses pollute more than cars do, but buses usually carry more passengers than cars do.Public transportation is out of context.
E) Those who previously rode as passengers in a vehicle whose driver decides to walk instead of drive migh themselves decide to drive.Similar to A, weakens the argument.

Hope it helps. And I agree it's a tough one. I didn't get it the first time around.
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atish you assumed too much I think.

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atish you assumed too much I think.

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Haha I might have, but would you care to provide ANY explanation for your answer, so we can compare who assumes more and who assumes less. Let's compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges.
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So funny,
atish, I agree your assumption is sooo deep. Hope it is the right answer. I chose C by the way.
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Solving an arguement... gives rise to a new arguement! (Who assumes more?) :lol:
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OA is E, B

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atish wrote:
For second one

A) If automobile passengers who never drive walk instead of ride, there will not be fewer vehicles on the road as a result.Weakens- says that if passengers in the carpool walk instead of take a ride, the driver would continue to drive. So his/her walking would make no difference.
B) Nonmoving running vehicles, on average, emit half as much pollution per second as moving vehicles, but the greater congestion is, the more nonmoving running vehicles there are. If more people decide to walk, 2 things can happen. 1) Pollution caused by their own cars would be eliminated, which is obvious. 2) That would result in reducing congestion, hence exponentially reduce the emissions from other cars. Correct Answer
C) Since different vehicles can pollute at diffferent rates, it is possible for one driver who walks to make a greater contribution to pollution prevention than another driver who walks. Totally unrelated.
D) On average, buses pollute more than cars do, but buses usually carry more passengers than cars do.Public transportation is out of context.
E) Those who previously rode as passengers in a vehicle whose driver decides to walk instead of drive migh themselves decide to drive.Similar to A, weakens the argument.

Hope it helps. And I agree it's a tough one. I didn't get it the first time around.


And atish wins!!! :)

Nice explanation by the way! Read it the second time and found it convincing! +1... :good
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yes the explanation in the favor of B is convincing , comparing apples to oranges or monkeys to chimpanzees is not the issue here :)

but anyways even by poe B is better in Q2 . i arrived at B by POE , as all other options seem to either weaken the argument or are irrelevant, so dont strengthen the argument.

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If a person chooses to walk rather than drive, there is one less vehicle emitting pollution into the air than there would be otherwise. Threfore if people would walk whenever it is feasible for them to do so, the pollution will be greatly reduced.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) Cutting down on pollution can be acheived in a variety of ways.
B) Taking public transportation rather than driving is not always feasible
C) Walking is the only feasible alternative to driving that results in reduction in pollution
D) there are people who never drive but who often walk
E) People sometimes drive when it is feasible to walk instead



What is the negation of sometimes in E? Powerscore says its Never.
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People Never drive when its feasible to walk instead.
Doesn't this strengthen the arguement rather than weakening?

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That negation would weaken the conclusion of the argument - if people would walk whenever it is feasible for them to do so, the pollution will be greatly reduced.

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Howz that possible...isn't it strengthening the arguement?

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no it is not strengthening the argument. it in fact destroys the argument ,

see it this way , people never drive when it is possible to walk, so driving is done only when it is absolutely required.

so people already walk 100% of the time , whenever they have a choice between walking and driving, still pollution is not reduced by this measure, hence the conclusion falls.
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Its E.

From B and C, C seems better.

B, if people decide to walk,moving and non moving vehicle will decrease.But this is too much of an assumption.

C restates that the moment one driver decides to walk,non utilization of his car leads to lesser pollution.C asserts this by a comparison too.
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The first one is clear: E. Conclusion statement gives it away by saying that if people would walk whenever its feasible for them to do so, pollution will reduce. This statement assumes that people currently are not walking at every feasible opportunity - E captures this logic.

The second one, just couldnt understand I reached B by POE.
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