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# In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of

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In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase
from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of
this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation
rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a
very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than
KD5.50 per hour.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have
been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.
B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00
per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.
C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must
reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level
of trainees.
D. The greatest growth in Kirlandia’s economy in recent years has been in
those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher
than the minimum wage.
E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job
to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.
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19 Jun 2008, 04:23
What can weaken the argument is if we could provide that the it is not a 'very small portion' of the state that earns less than the minimum.

My question is what consititues 'not small', statement B states some firms, should we assume that means that employees working in these 'small firms' total would be greater than 'very small portion' of the entire state. I think there are certain rules that needs to be followed to get this one right, just not sure which one. appreciate your response.

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19 Jun 2008, 04:39
Isnt it B. B is the only one that could weaken the argunemnt in my opinion.

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19 Jun 2008, 04:46
In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase
from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of
this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation
rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a
very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than
KD5.50 per hour.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have
been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.
B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00
per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.
C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must
reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level
of trainees.
D. The greatest growth in Kirlandia’s economy in recent years has been in
those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher
than the minimum wage.
E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job
to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.

In my opinion its C. Cause and effect.

minimum wages go up -> wages paid to trainees go up -> trained workers' wages goes up (because its has to be more than traniees) -> effect on economy, while auther says that the impact will be minimal. C goes against the coclusion.

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19 Jun 2008, 05:22
i consider c also the better choice since it weakens the sentence using "many"!

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19 Jun 2008, 08:44
This has already been discussed...everyone will say C ( including myself) , but the OA is B...which I dont agree with...

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19 Jun 2008, 13:57
But aren't we talking about 'trainees' who will eventually would get hired and would make more money.

whereas in B it is actually workers and not trainees that are being paid less.
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