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It is better for the environment if as much of all packaging as possible is made from materials that are biodegradable in landfills. Therefore, it is always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard with packaging made from plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills.

Which of the following, if true, constitutes the strongest objection to the argument above?


(A) The paper and cardboard used in packaging are usually not biodegradable in landfills.

(B) Some plastic used in packaging is biodegradable in landfills.

(C) In many landfills, a significant proportion of space is taken up by materials other than discarded packaging materials.

(D) It is impossible to avoid entirely the use of packaging materials that are not biodegradable in landfills.

(E) Sometimes, in packaging an item, plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills are combined with cardboard.

Originally posted by bmwhype2 on 20 Sep 2007, 06:36.
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It is better for the environment if as much of all packaging as possible is made from materials that are biodegradable in landfills. Therefore, it is always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard with packaging made from plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills.
Which of the following, if true, constitutes the strongest objection to the argument above?
(A) The paper and cardboard used in packaging are usually not biodegradable in landfills. (directly weaken the conclusion=>OK)
(B) Some plastic used in packaging is biodegradable in landfills. (OUT)
(C) In many landfills, a significant proportion of space is taken up by materials other than discarded packaging materials. (irrelevant)
(D) It is impossible to avoid entirely the use of packaging materials that are not biodegradable in landfills. (irrelevant)
(E) Sometimes, in packaging an item, plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills are combined with cardboard. (irrelevant)
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bmwhype2 wrote:
It is better for the environment if as much of all packaging as possible is made from materials that are biodegradable in landfills. Therefore, it is always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard with packaging made from plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills.
Which of the following, if true, constitutes the strongest objection to the argument above?
(A) The paper and cardboard used in packaging are usually not biodegradable in landfills.
(B) Some plastic used in packaging is biodegradable in landfills.
(C) In many landfills, a significant proportion of space is taken up by materials other than discarded packaging materials.
(D) It is impossible to avoid entirely the use of packaging materials that are not biodegradable in landfills.
(E) Sometimes, in packaging an item, plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills are combined with cardboard.


Def. A. If I were short on time, i wouldn't bother w/ the other answers b/c A is such a great answer.

However, if u do have time, never just pick A and move on.

B: This somewhat weakens the argument. It says that SOME plastic is biodegradable. Suggesting that changing to plastic would not be 100% horrible for the environment. But this is a very small weaken. It doesn't really explain the remaining plastics. What if all the paper and all the cardboard were biodegradable? Then changing to plastics would not help the environment. Wed need more info to support this answer choice.

C.Irrelevant.
D. So? Paper and Cardboard could still be much better than plastics. This choice doesn't address this.
E. Irrelevant, doesn't weaken the argument in the least.
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(A) Correct. If paper and cardboard are not biodegradable then they are not better. This statement undermines the author's conclusion significantly.
(B) Does nothing to undermine the conclusion.
(C) Space in landfills is not an issue here. Eliminated.
(D) Impossible is an extreme word here. Eliminated.
(E) Plastic, whether adulterated or not, it is still not biodegradable
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if possible please explain me the last sentence that is "therefore, it is always a change for a worse to replace packaging material made from paper or cardboard with packaging material made from plastics"
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GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
It is better for the environment if as much of all packaging as possible is made from materials that are biodegradable in landfills. Therefore, it is always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard with packaging made from plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills.
Which of the following, if true, constitutes the strongest objection to the argument above?
(A) The paper and cardboard used in packaging are usually not biodegradable in landfills.
(B) Some plastic used in packaging is biodegradable in landfills.
(C) In many landfills, a significant proportion of space is taken up by materials other than discarded packaging materials.
(D) It is impossible to avoid entirely the use of packaging materials that are not biodegradable in landfills.
(E) Sometimes, in packaging an item, plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills are combined with cardboard.


Def. A. If I were short on time, i wouldn't bother w/ the other answers b/c A is such a great answer.

However, if u do have time, never just pick A and move on.

B: This somewhat weakens the argument. It says that SOME plastic is biodegradable. Suggesting that changing to plastic would not be 100% horrible for the environment. But this is a very small weaken. It doesn't really explain the remaining plastics. What if all the paper and all the cardboard were biodegradable? Then changing to plastics would not help the environment. Wed need more info to support this answer choice.

B is straightaway eliminated as it argues with the fact, "plastics are not biodegradable in landfills", given in the paragraph.

C.Irrelevant.
D. So? Paper and Cardboard could still be much better than plastics. This choice doesn't address this.
E. Irrelevant, doesn't weaken the argument in the least.
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bmwhype2 wrote:
It is better for the environment if as much of all packaging as possible is made from materials that are biodegradable in landfills. Therefore, it is always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard with packaging made from plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills.

Which of the following, if true, constitutes the strongest objection to the argument above?


(A) The paper and cardboard used in packaging are usually not biodegradable in landfills.

(B) Some plastic used in packaging is biodegradable in landfills.

(C) In many landfills, a significant proportion of space is taken up by materials other than discarded packaging materials.

(D) It is impossible to avoid entirely the use of packaging materials that are not biodegradable in landfills.

(E) Sometimes, in packaging an item, plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills are combined with cardboard.


The conclusion is :- " it is always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard with packaging made from plastics that are not biodegradable in landfills. "

The correct option should show that it's not always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard.

Option A shows that paper and cardboard are also bad and so shows that " it's not always a change for the worse to replace packaging made from paper or cardboard."

A is the answer.
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