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Kopke: In the past ten years, most of the new clothes that I have purchased have fallen apart within a few short years. However, all of the clothes that I have purchased at vintage clothing shops are still in excellent condition, despite the fact that they were all over thirty years old at the time that I bought them. Clearly, clothes are not manufactured as well today as they were when those vintage clothes were made.
Which of the following is a weakness in the argument above?
A. It fails to demonstrate that the clothes manufactured thirty years ago were of higher quality than clothes of all other era.
B. It neglects the possibility that the clothes of thirty years ago, when prices are adjusted for inflation, cost more than clothes manufactured today.
C. It confuses the number of clothing items sold with the proportion of those items that are no longer useful.
D. It does not explain why clothing manufacturing standards have fallen over item.
E. It fails to take into account clothes made over thirty years ago that are no longer fit for sale.

Kindly provide explanations also. Thanks.
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priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Kopke: In the past ten years, most of the new clothes that I have purchased have fallen apart within a few short years. However, all of the clothes that I have purchased at vintage clothing shops are still in excellent condition, despite the fact that they were all over thirty years old at the time that I bought them. Clearly, clothes are not manufactured as well today as they were when those vintage clothes were made.
Which of the following is a weakness in the argument above?
A. It fails to demonstrate that the clothes manufactured thirty years ago were of higher quality than clothes of all other era. oos
B. It neglects the possibility that the clothes of thirty years ago, when prices are adjusted for inflation, cost more than clothes manufactured today.
C. It confuses the number of clothing items sold with the proportion of those items that are no longer useful. oos
D. It does not explain why clothing manufacturing standards have fallen over item. oos
E. It fails to take into account clothes made over thirty years ago that are no longer fit for sale. oos

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i think B, clothes were better manufactured because they were more expensive, relatively.

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New post 05 Feb 2009, 14:14
Agree with E

B is about prices. We are not worried about prices here.

Arg is comparing todays clothing and vintage clothing. Lets take todays clothing and clothing of old years to compare and not just vintage clothing

Apples to Apples and not Apples to Oranges

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What a stupid question!
Given that my guess is D.
What's OA??? Source?

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chicagocubsrule it is not a stupid Q. It is a very excellent Q.

I think it comes from LSAT, though not sure.

I am really interested to see some explanation in the forum.

icandy, you r correct. I firstly got the worng answer .... in-fact no answer.

But I could not decipher the option E.

E] It fails to take into account clothes made over thirty years ago that are no longer fit for sale.

Firstly I thought this option is out of scope. Why vintage is not fit for sale ? What we have to do with sales here ???

But after reading your reasoning I realized that E is presented in different way. It actually means

= It fails to take into account clothes made over thirty years ago are no longer COMPARABLE with the clothes sold currently.

I think it is the language of option E which kicked me down.

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chicagocubsrule it is not a stupid Q. It is a very excellent Q.

I think it comes from LSAT, though not sure.

I am really interested to see some explanation in the forum.

icandy, you r correct. I firstly got the worng answer .... in-fact no answer.

But I could not decipher the option E.

E] It fails to take into account clothes made over thirty years ago that are no longer fit for sale.

Firstly I thought this option is out of scope. Why vintage is not fit for sale ? What we have to do with sales here ???

But after reading your reasoning I realized that E is presented in different way. It actually means

= It fails to take into account clothes made over thirty years ago are no longer COMPARABLE with the clothes sold currently.

I think it is the language of option E which kicked me down.


I do not consider myself an LSAT expert, but I guarantee you such a poorly structured question would never be released by LSAC (the makers of the LSAT).

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No clues! Waiting for OA and OE

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New post 05 Feb 2009, 22:59
chicagocubsrule I googled it :) now .....
This Q comes from GMAT 800 ..... a high score book of Kaplan.
I have never liked Kaplan much tough .....

May be you are right .... it doesn't come from GMAC .....


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I will go with A with the following reason:

The argument concludes that clothes are not manufactured as well today as they were during vintage era. However, premises of the argument do not directly support the conclusion.

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I would go with E..........

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priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Kopke: In the past ten years, most of the new clothes that I have purchased have fallen apart within a few short years. However, all of the clothes that I have purchased at vintage clothing shops are still in excellent condition, despite the fact that they were all over thirty years old at the time that I bought them. Clearly, clothes are not manufactured as well today as they were when those vintage clothes were made.
Which of the following is a weakness in the argument above?
A. It fails to demonstrate that the clothes manufactured thirty years ago were of higher quality than clothes of all other era.
B. It neglects the possibility that the clothes of thirty years ago, when prices are adjusted for inflation, cost more than clothes manufactured today.
C. It confuses the number of clothing items sold with the proportion of those items that are no longer useful.
D. It does not explain why clothing manufacturing standards have fallen over item.
E. It fails to take into account clothes made over thirty years ago that are no longer fit for sale.

Kindly provide explanations also. Thanks.


Its D, As it only point out flaw in the reasoning. OA Pl.

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this question is from GMAT 800 book. I have attached the explanation herewith.
OA is E. Thanks for discussion.
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Ok.....it is clear now
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
this question is from GMAT 800 book. I have attached the explanation herewith.
OA is E. Thanks for discussion.

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