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If only the people using a carpool and only small cars with single passengers were allowed to use the roads that remain over crowded throughout the day, it would greatly reduce the congestion on these roads. This will also reduce the accident rates.
Which of the following has been assumed by the above passage?

• Using small cars would be more convenient for people.
• As yet, not many people use a carpool.
• A reduction in traffic would lead to people driving at a higher speed.
• All the roads remain overcrowded.
• The roads are not built to cope with high traffic.
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15 Apr 2012, 23:40
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Except B all other options are just irrelevant, Main idea is that congestion on roads is prevalent and for this to reduce pooling and small cars with single passengers has been recommended.

Only option B stands; negating it renders the conclusion invalid.

suppose, if the pooling is already prevalent in the area then the argument would not have mentioned pooling it would have only mentioned small vehicles. but argument mentions pooling as a factor and hence it is a part of assumption for the argument to stand.

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15 Apr 2012, 05:27
Passage states that ... If only the people using a carpool and only small cars with single passengers were allowed... OA states that ...not many people use a carpool...

But IMO it can be that many people use a carpool, but even greatest number of people use very large other cars, as according to passage congestion whould be reduced if only the people using a carpool and only small cars
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15 Apr 2012, 06:05
Even i have the similar conundrum...need clarification
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16 Apr 2012, 05:11
Except B all other options are just irrelevant, Main idea is that congestion on roads is prevalent and for this to reduce pooling and small cars with single passengers has been recommended.

Only option B stands; negating it renders the conclusion invalid.

suppose, if the pooling is already prevalent in the area then the argument would not have mentioned pooling it would have only mentioned small vehicles. but argument mentions pooling as a factor and hence it is a part of assumption for the argument to stand.

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why not E?
if roads are over crowded and if to solve this we need small cars it assumes that roads are not built to cope with high traffic itself
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16 Apr 2012, 05:24
I somehow don't get this argument and the accompanying answers. What is the source of this question? I feel E is the answer. Very strange question.
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18 Apr 2012, 00:05
Answer B is correct based on point of elimination.
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18 Apr 2012, 00:21
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Except B all other options are just irrelevant, Main idea is that congestion on roads is prevalent and for this to reduce pooling and small cars with single passengers has been recommended.

Only option B stands; negating it renders the conclusion invalid.

suppose, if the pooling is already prevalent in the area then the argument would not have mentioned pooling it would have only mentioned small vehicles. but argument mentions pooling as a factor and hence it is a part of assumption for the argument to stand.

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why not E?
if roads are over crowded and if to solve this we need small cars it assumes that roads are not built to cope with high traffic itself

Negate E.
The roads are not built to cope with high traffic.

okay now the argument says for reducing congestion X and Y has to be done.
Nowhere in this agenda the statement that roads are built to cope with high traffic affects. The author doesnt care road may cope or not his agenda is pretty straight to reduce the congestion. both are different issues.

Negating E doesnt touches the argument hence is not correct.

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20 Feb 2013, 02:48
Runner2 wrote:
If only the people using a carpool and only small cars with single passengers were allowed to use the roads that remain over crowded throughout the day, it would greatly reduce the congestion on these roads. This will also reduce the accident rates.
Which of the following has been assumed by the above passage?

• Using small cars would be more convenient for people.
• As yet, not many people use a carpool.
• A reduction in traffic would lead to people driving at a higher speed.
• All the roads remain overcrowded.
• The roads are not built to cope with high traffic.

This would rather be a strengthen question than assumption question. POE pioints to B. But even B need not be an assumptions as negating it does not destroy the conclusion.
If many people did use a carpool, the author might argue that they did not use small cars. Both the conditions are necessary according to the author.

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14 Mar 2014, 10:27
I am very confused between B and E.

B) It says "many". Now what does many mean ? Does it mean most ? It refers to a number and we dont know what proportion is it among the people who go by car. If 5% cars which amount to 100,000 do carpooling, still it is many people are already carpooling but its not sufficient to remove congestion.

E) This assumption covers everything. "High Traffic". If there is high traffic, that can lead to congestion and it can also lead to more accidents. So, if the roads are not meant to cope with high traffic, that would be a reasonable assumption for the "congestion" problem and also the proposed solution of "carpooling"

Someone needs to clarify. Where are all the CR gurus
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07 Mar 2016, 19:27
agree with the above comments..the question is not very good for practice..
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07 Mar 2016, 22:30
Runner2 wrote:
If only the people using a carpool and only small cars with single passengers were allowed to use the roads that remain over crowded throughout the day, it would greatly reduce the congestion on these roads. This will also reduce the accident rates.
Which of the following has been assumed by the above passage?

• Using small cars would be more convenient for people.
• As yet, not many people use a carpool.
• A reduction in traffic would lead to people driving at a higher speed.
• All the roads remain overcrowded.
• The roads are not built to cope with high traffic.

Negate the options.

a) Using small cars would not be convenient - Doesn't mean they won't be driving a small car.
b) Many people already use a carpool - Bingo. Then why is still there a congestion? It weakens the conclusion.
c) doesn't matter.
d) doesn't matter
e) they were not before.. they would be after. Doesn't change anything.

B.
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