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18 Dec 2016, 12:04
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heygirl wrote:
In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage
who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local
businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect
on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?
(A) People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average,
last year than such people did ten years ago.
(B) People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were
ten years ago.
(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased signifi cantly
over the past ten years.
(D) The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than
it was ten years ago.
(E) Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state

heygirl wrote:
I thought D weakens the argument the most. So, anyone can help me with the right explanation?

The argument is that percentage decline in people retiring to Florida has a negative effect on the business.

Anything that suggests that percentage decrease doesn't matter much would weaken this argument.

D actually says that more retirees LEFT Florida. It tells nothing about the influx of retirees into Florida and actually strengthens the case for impact on business, if at all.

C says that the absolute numbers have increased significantly, so even after a percentage decline, the sheer number can ensure that businesses do not suffer from negative impact and hence it weakens the percentage based argument the most. It doesn't matter that share of pie is slightly reduced if the Pie itself has grown dramatically.

IMHO that does not confirm people are moving to florida. It might be the case people are moving to other states and none are going to florida. also d implies that number of retirees have already reduced and that did not effect the economy. so it weakens the claim.

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18 Dec 2016, 15:44
Okay,

basically the question looks something like this:

A certain amount of people retire in another state. The percentage of those people who retired in in Florida decreased. Conclusion: A negative effect on the economy in Florida is expected.

What is the assumption? -> Florida's economy is expected to grow slower than before, because the number of people retiring in florida declined (because the percentage decreased).

What would weaken this assumption? -> If the fall in percentage has no (or less) effect on the number of people retiring.

(C) says the total number of people who moved to another country increased significantly.
Even if the percentage of those pleople that moved to Florida fell, the number of retirees coming to Florida could still increase because there is a bigger total number of people moving!

Hope that makes sense to you;)

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17 Jan 2017, 16:51
(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased signifi cantly
over the past ten years.

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17 Jan 2017, 23:14
PREMISE :- In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage
who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years.

Conclusion :- Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees,these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.

weaken :- no effect on business and economy

C :- overall increase leads to no effect on business
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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?

(A) People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.

(B) People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.

(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years.

(D) The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.

(E) Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.

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This is a classic NUMBER vs PROPORTION argument. The passage seems to suggest that the NUMBER of retired people moving to Florida has decreased (which will hurt local businesses). However, this is NOT what the passage actually says. It says that the PROPORTION of retired people who move to Florida has decreased.

This is much different. Here's an illustrative example:

In 2007, there was a total of 100 retired people who moved to a different state. Of those 100 people, 20 moved to Florida. In other words, 20% PERCENT of the moves were to Florida.

In 2017, there was a total of 100,000 retired people who moved to a different state. Of those 100,000 people, 10,000 moved to Florida. In other words, 10% of the moves were to Florida.

So, the PERCENTAGE of retired people moving to Florida has decreased from 20% to 10%. However the NUMBER of retired people moving to Florida has INcreased.

Answer choice C (the correct answer) says that the NUMBER of retired people moving to a different state has increased significantly over the past ten years. So, the 3% difference in the PERCENTAGE is offset by the increase in total volume.

Aside: answer choice E doesn't weaken the conclusion that Florida's economy will be harmed by the 3% decrease.

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07 Aug 2017, 22:50
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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?

(A) People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.

(B) People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.

(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years.

(D) The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.

(E) Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.

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The answer is C

Premise 1:In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years

Premise 2:many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees

Conclusion : these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.

We have to weaken the occlusion.

A is irrelevant to the argument even if they moved greater distance we do not know anything about settling in any state.

B is actually strengthening the argument

C is our correct answer as it says greater no of people who moved to other state after retirement increased.If this is true then the people retiring to Florida will increase .

D is actually strengthening the argument

E But this does not give us anything about the number of people who moved to Florida
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