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is something wrong with the wordings of otion B

B) If, before the emergence of a third party, voters were divided equally between the two major parties, neither of the major parties is likely to capture much more
than one-half of the vote.

it itself says "voters were divided equally between the two major parties,"

if there are 100 voters and we divide them equally between two major parties then for sure neither parties is likely to capture more than 1/2 of the votes.

anything u divide equally between to people each will get 1/2 of it. :-D

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B can be the only option. But not through a sound logical conclusion but because other options were even worse.. :(

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B can be the only option. But not through a sound logical conclusion but because other options were even worse.. :(

I have doubt with anser B. Since it is "Must be true" question type, the answer must be inferred from the stimulus. Whereas the stimulus only tells that the emergance of the thrid party affects once of the two party and it does not tell about individual positions of two parties.
Where am i wrong?
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B can be the only option. But not through a sound logical conclusion but because other options were even worse.. :(

I have doubt with anser B. Since it is "Must be true" question type, the answer must be inferred from the stimulus. Whereas the stimulus only tells that the emergance of the thrid party affects once of the two party and it does not tell about individual positions of two parties.
Where am i wrong?



As I said, I too was not fully convinced with B, however even the other options do not make sense
C -> The never voted people are never discussed in the passage
D -> Purely out of scope
E -> True in case of politics of my country but hey author never referred to my country :lol:
A -> Since the premise says that only one particular party of the earlier two parties would loose the votes, so this option is also negated, plus it makes an additional unstated assumption, that the 3rd party is a compromise.

That leaves option B, which is the better of all 5 evils :twisted:

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should be B

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For this relatively hard inference question, I used the process of elimination to get to the right answer.

a.) This is wrong because the 2nd sentence states that "The third-party candidate always attracts some of the voters who might otherwise have voted for one of the two major candidates, but not voters who support the other candidate", therefore the third party would not draw equally from both parties.

b.) this is true, since there are only two political parties and voters were divided equally over the two parties. As a result, both parties will ofcourse capture only half a vote. Therefore, "neither of the major parties is likely to capture much more than one-half of the vote." Therefore, B is CORRECT.
the trick is that you need to read through a negative format which is not intuitive for most people or just me, haha.

c.) We never talk about new voters. Plus new voters can have ideas of whom they want to vote. For ex: if this voter came from TEXAS, very religious and conservatives family, then he/she is likely to go for Republican. She wouldn't be parties neutral.

d.) we only talk about voters distribution, but not political parties stance, so this answer choice is out of scope

e.) We never talk about founders of both parties. Therefore this one is out.

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A. Whether there is a compromise or not, part C (3rd party) will ALWAYS draw membership from only one of the other party (A or B). WRONG
B. Before formation of party, if A and B had equal voters, then of the parties less one candidate will be fewer than 50; at best 51: 49 CORRECT
C. We are not told what effect, if any, the number of those who refuse to vote for either A or B will have on party C... Out of scope and it is WRONG
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B for me too.

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Whats is the OA..

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I think the answer is C

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IMO, it is D.

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That was tricky. But I did get B by POE. Here's how.

(A) If the political platform of the third party is a compromise position between that of the two major parties, the third party will draw its voters equally from the two major parties.
The question mentions that the 3rd party will get its votes from only one of the two parties.

(B) If, before the emergence of a third party, voters were divided equally between the two major parties, neither of the major parties is likely to capture much more than one-half of the vote.
This remains. So B.

(C) A third-party candidate will not capture the votes of new voters who have never voted for candidates of either of the two major parties.
Words such as 'will not' or 'never voted' seem too strong. Eliminate.
(D) The political stance of a third party will be more radical than that of either of the two major parties.
Political stance? Not important. Eliminate

(E) The founders of a third party are likely to be a coalition consisting of former leaders of the two major parties.
Who cares about founders? OOS.
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Very clear explanation hanumayamma...Went for C too, as per your reasoning...
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Also went with B. Tough question B was the only answer that I felt made any sense.

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I picked B as well. If before the third party came into the picture, the split was 50-50, then after the 3rd party came in, none of the parties will have more than 50%.
Very bad way of putting things but hey, this is CR for you!

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Inference on the GMAT is something that is absolutely and always true...

Choice B!

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