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New post 26 Sep 2011, 06:46
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I found this one, it is pretty good in a way.

Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993. The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.

Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000 rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad presents to Jennifer's explanation?

(A) In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.


# of Videos rented in 1993 - # of Videos rented in 1994 = 10000
Videos sold in 1994 = 4000
Remaining 10000 - 4000 = 6000
6000 must be compensated in some way
Option E says videos owned by users, who probably bought 4000 videos from VideoRama, were lent, probably 6000.
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I found this one, it is pretty good in a way.

Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993. The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.

Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000 rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad presents to Jennifer's explanation?

(A) In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.


I still dont get it.
Could someone please clarify.

Brad says that IT IS NOT VIDEORAMA'S FAULT.
To weaken Brad's objection, we need to prove that it is Videorama's fault.

Am i wrong in understanding the question?
Would appreciate any explanation.
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I would go with Choice E since it gives an alternate reason to weaken Brad's statement.

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New post 29 Oct 2011, 11:26
hey..

The arguement compares rentals - that were less in 1994 than 1993.. with sale of videos by videorama..

so why not bridge the gap why saying videorama rented more than it sold ? - a?
similarly why not b ?

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Priyanka2011 wrote:
hey..

The arguement compares rentals - that were less in 1994 than 1993.. with sale of videos by videorama..

so why not bridge the gap why saying videorama rented more than it sold ? - a?
similarly why not b ?


Responding to a pm:

The following is the gist of the argument:

Jennifer: Video rental outlets handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993. The decline was due to opening of Videorama in 1994 that sold videos cheaply.

Brad: Wrong. The decline was 10,000 rentals but Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.

Question: Which would most seriously weaken Brad's objection?

We have to weaken Brad's objection that Videorama sold only 4000 videos whereas the decline is 10,000 videos.
What can explain that 4000 videos sold by Videorama are responsible for the decline of 10,000 in rentals? 4000 videos sold should be responsible for decline of about 4000 rentals only. But if people lend their videos to family and friends, each video sold could account for 2-3 fewer rentals. Then it is possible that 10,000 fewer people rent the videos. Therefore, (E) weakens Brad's objection and is our answer.

(A) and (B) do not provide an explanation against Brad's objection and hence are not correct.
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Why E? Does that mean one gives the purchased video in month of February to his friends? or does it mean that max videos were purchased in feb month and that they were only shared with friends in feb?

Am I missing something with this logic?

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Why E? Does that mean one gives the purchased video in month of February to his friends? or does it mean that max videos were purchased in feb month and that they were only shared with friends in feb?

Am I missing something with this logic?


Brad says that 10,000 fewer videos were rented but the cheap sale of video rentals by Videorama cannot be responsible for this entire decline because they sold only 4000 videos. So out of these 10,000, it makes sense that 4000 people did not rent the video because they bought them instead but what about the other 6000? Why did they not rent the videos too? So Brad insists that there must be another reason too.
The explanation to Brad's comment can be that the people who buy videos, loan them out to their friends. So every video sold will decreases the number of rentals by not just one but more than one. Hence the entire 10,000 can be explained by the 4000 videos sold.
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Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993. The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.

Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000 rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad presents to Jennifer's explanation?

(A) In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.......A may not weaken the Brad argument--------Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994...say it rented out 4500 videos....total 8500.... but 10,000 fewer videos were rented out in the city.....HENCE NO LINKAGE TO THIS ARGUMENT... INCORRECT

(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.....4000 VIDEOS BOUGHT... SAY EACH OWNER LOANS THEM TO 2 FRIENDS..... TOTAL PEOPLE WHO WATCHED THE VIDEO(INCLUDING THE OWNER) ---12000......HENCE POSSIBLE THAT ...10,000 fewer videos were rented out in the city. CORRECT....



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I initiallly opted A). My mistake id that i didnt read the question fully and understand. " the first and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply." I didnt take it on the first read.

So on seeing E) tought its irrevalant as J is saying nothing about selling only B is saying about selling which is irrevalant to the answer.

So opted A) probably weakens the answer.

Lesson learn t: Always read the question fully and thoroughly.

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Can one of the experts please share their views on this question.

Since A is the OA - there is no point arguing - but I am not clear on whay not E? It is aperfectly good option and logically completes what the question asks for.


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aimtoteach wrote:
Can one of the experts please share their views on this question.

Since A is the OA - there is no point arguing - but I am not clear on whay not E? It is aperfectly good option and logically completes what the question asks for.


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The correct answer (and the OA specified) is (E), not (A).

Check this post to see why (A) is incorrect and (E) is correct: i-found-this-one-it-is-pretty-good-in-a-way-jennifer-102563-20.html#p996473
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Phew! What a hair pulling question! Got it wrong at the first attempt. But, upon a closer look, I realized that the key to the right answer is understanding the argument properly.

Jennifer: It is Videorama's fault.
Brad: It is not Videorama's fault.

Question - Weaken Brad's objection. Meaning: show that it is Videorama's fault or strengthen Jennifer's stand.

I initially thought that (E) strengthen's Brad's conclusion that there must be some other explanation for fewer video rentals. However, Brad is concluding that the situation can't be linked to Videorama. That seems to be the unstated conclusion and (E) attacks that conclusion. This is why (E) is right. After the opening of Videorama, people, who bought videos, started renting out those videos to their friends.

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