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In many corporations, employees are being replaced by automated equipment in order to save money. However, many workers who lose their jobs to automation will need government assistance to survive, and the same corporations that are laying people off will eventually pay for that assistance through increased taxes and unemployment insurance payments.


Summary - Machines replacing employees. Replaced employees will need assist.. to survive. Corp.. will end up paying for them regardless.
Assumption - Replaced employees will NOT be able to find work.

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Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the author's argument?

(A) Many workers who have already lost their jobs to automation have been unable to find new jobs.

(B) Many corporations that have failed to automate have seen their profits decline.

(C) Taxes and unemployment insurance are paid also by corporations that are not automating.

(D) Most of the new jobs created by automation pay less than the jobs eliminated by automation did.

(E) The initial investment in machinery for automation is often greater than the short-term savings in labor costs.



B,D,E - Irrelevant. Easy OUT
C - Actually weakens the argument. OUT.

A is the answer.
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Just to add for completion here..this is one of those questions where even the correct answer requires a LOT of assumptions..which in my opinion isn't the best type of question. However, this is a relatively easy one because the other 4 are so out of whack and nowhere near related to unemployment assistance.

Now, let's get to the fun part..the correct answer A requires the following assumptions:

- Some laid off workers don't have adequate savings to survive.
- Most laid off workers come from companies that have unemployed insurance
- Most unemployed insurance program cover employees terminated due to redundancy - this is DEFINITELY NOT TRUE in the real world, unfortunately.
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New post 24 Dec 2017, 10:26
nickimonckom wrote:
Hi All,

Sorry in advance if my question seems stupid :

While reading, I had the impression that there were no conclusion, only a bunch of statements.
Since the only affirmative sentence was the first, I thought that the conclusion was the following : Replacement of workers ==> Savings
I thought that the second part However it is possible that actually it costs money was only an hypothesis, a possibility.

Then my question is the following : How can you consider a probabability, without any affirmation (introduced by however), a conclusion ?

Thanks in advance for your kind help,


you're right. there are 2 conclusions in this argument.
1st is the corporations concl: to save money
2nd is the autor's concl: however......

the question says to strengthen the authors concl. and so the however... is applicable here.
hope this helps..

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