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In the United States, the Postal Service has a monopoly on first-class mail, but much of what is sent first class could be transmitted electronically. Electronic transmittal operators argue that if the Postal Service were to offer electronic transmission, it would have an unfair advantage, since its electronic transmission service could be subsidized from the profits of the monopoly.

Which of the following questions can be answered on the basis of the information in the passage above?
(A) Is the Postal Service as efficient as privately owned electric transmission services?
(B) If private operators were allowed to operate first-class mail services, would they choose to do so?
(C) Do the electronic transmittal operators believe that the Postal Service makes a profit on first-class mail?
(D) Is the Postal Service prohibited from offering electronic transmission services ?
(E) Is the Postal Service expected to have a monopoly on electronic transmission?
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21 Nov 2004, 12:38
No Doubt A toughie. I change my answer from D to C. After Rreading the question i think C is better.
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21 Nov 2004, 13:51
C for me because it says that

"Electronic transmittal operators argue that if the Postal Service were to offer electronic transmission, it would have an unfair advantage, since its electronic transmission service could be subsidized from the profits of the monopoly."
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21 Nov 2004, 14:13
why is D wrong?? isnt D also addressed in the stem??
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21 Nov 2004, 14:22
ruhi160184 wrote:
Which of the following questions can be answered on the basis of the information in the passage above?

The question says hat you should be able to answer the question based on the information provided in the passage. It never says in the passage that the Postal service is prohibited from offering electronic transmission, it can only be inferred. However it is clearly stated in the passage that the electronic transmittal operators believe that the Postal Service makes a profit on first-class mail.
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21 Nov 2004, 18:21
Agree with gayathri. Got C also.
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23 Nov 2004, 13:58
Agree with C, good explanations Gayathri.

Key here is to identify speculative phrases such as "argue that if the Postal Service were to offer electronic transmission".
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