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In the United States, of the young adults who move from one state

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In the United States, of the young adults who move from one state to another to attend college, the percentage who attend college in California has decreased by five percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in California cater to college students, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of California.

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

A The number of young adults who moved from one state to another to attend college has increased significantly over the past ten years.
B Young adults who moved from one state to another to attend college moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.
C Young adults were more likely to move from another state to attend college in New York last year than young adults were ten years ago.
D The number of young adults who left California to attend college in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.
E California attracts more young adults who move from one state to another to attend college than does any other state.

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My reason : As the number of people have increased, the percentage decline won't affect the overall numbers or infact the overall numbers coming to california might be even more than earler.
so it weakens the argument.

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please help in identifying the argument.
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mahapatro wrote:
please help in identifying the argument.


This is my reasoning.

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The percentage who attend college in Californai has decresed, so there will be negative effect in Californai economy.
Because many local businesses in Californai cater to college students.

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

A The number of young adults who moved from one state to another to attend college has increased significantly over the past ten years.
-> Correct. Although the percentage has decreased, there is a possibility that many local businesses in California can cater more students.
B Young adults who moved from one state to another to attend college moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.
-> Out of scope. We do not need to think about 'distance'.
C Young adults were more likely to move from another state to attend college in New York last year than young adults were ten years ago.
-> Not weaken. It is close to strengthen but this is nothing.
We cannot say anything, using only 1 year tendency.
D The number of young adults who left California to attend college in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.
-> Out of scope. We need to think about not young adults who left California, but young adults who will come to California from other states.
E California attracts more young adults who move from one state to another to attend college than does any other state.
-> Although E is true, E is nothing.
For example, let's suppose like below
10 years ago) Californai : 1000 students came from other state.
now) California : 500 students came from other states
other state : 400 students came
: So E is not correct.

I hope this can helpful to you. :)
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Must be (A), the stimulus talks about percentage point and only option (A) talks about absolute number...
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