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Last year, a woman was able to demonstrate that she contracted a bad case of food poisoning from a meal at one seafood restaurant in Tritonaville, and she successfully sued the restaurant for a large sum of money. The story was popular in the town, and the size of the financial settlement made the national news. Since that case, patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them. Nevertheless, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits, so much so that one restaurant was forced to close. This is not surprising, though, because _____________.

Which of the following most logically completes the argument given?

(A) the restaurant market in Tritonaville is fiercely competitive with a large number of good restaurants of many cuisines, making it hard for all of them to remain solvent
(B) some of the cooking methods used for certain specific types of seafood food are less likely to kill germs than are the cooking methods used in most other cuisines
(C) national studies have indicated that, in the wake of a food poisoning scare, restaurant visits typically fall, especially at restaurants of the same cuisine as the original incident
(D) certain types of commercial fishing vessels can be considerably more unsanitary than most other commercial vessels responsible for food transport
(E) these eleven restaurants have incurred legal fees defending themselves against unfounded imitative claims

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Last year, a woman was able to demonstrate that she contracted a bad case of food poisoning from a meal at one seafood restaurant in Tritonaville, and she successfully sued the restaurant for a large sum of money. The story was popular in the town, and the size of the financial settlement made the national news. Since that case, patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them. Nevertheless, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits, so much so that one restaurant was forced to close. This is not surprising, though, because _____________.

Which of the following most logically completes the argument given?

(A) the restaurant market in Tritonaville is fiercely competitive with a large number of good restaurants of many cuisines, making it hard for all of them to remain solvent
(B) some of the cooking methods used for certain specific types of seafood food are less likely to kill germs than are the cooking methods used in most other cuisines
(C) national studies have indicated that, in the wake of a food poisoning scare, restaurant visits typically fall, especially at restaurants of the same cuisine as the original incident
(D) certain types of commercial fishing vessels can be considerably more unsanitary than most other commercial vessels responsible for food transport
(E) these eleven restaurants have incurred legal fees defending themselves against unfounded imitative claims


Premise : Since that case, patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them

Conclusion : some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits, so much so that one restaurant was forced to close.

Bridge the gap with the premise and the conclusion or inother words explaination for the conclusion.

A. Out of scope . fierce competition would have closed the restaurant anytime. Doesn't explain affect of food poisoning on sales.
B. Cooking methods are not discussed in the stem.
C. If 'C option' were true, then sales of all the restaurant would have gone down but it is mentioned in the stem patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high
D. Out of scope. doesnt explain the high sales of the other seafood restaurants.
E. If restaurants are incurring losses beacause of legal fees and this could be reason that one of them was forced to shutdown.
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Last year, a woman was able to demonstrate that she contracted a bad case of food poisoning from a meal at one seafood restaurant in Tritonaville, and she successfully sued the restaurant for a large sum of money. The story was popular in the town, and the size of the financial settlement made the national news. Since that case, patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them. Nevertheless, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits, so much so that one restaurant was forced to close. This is not surprising, though, because _____________.

Which of the following most logically completes the argument given?

(A) the restaurant market in Tritonaville is fiercely competitive with a large number of good restaurants of many cuisines, making it hard for all of them to remain solvent
(B) some of the cooking methods used for certain specific types of seafood food are less likely to kill germs than are the cooking methods used in most other cuisines
(C) national studies have indicated that, in the wake of a food poisoning scare, restaurant visits typically fall, especially at restaurants of the same cuisine as the original incident
(D) certain types of commercial fishing vessels can be considerably more unsanitary than most other commercial vessels responsible for food transport
(E) these eleven restaurants have incurred legal fees defending themselves against unfounded imitative claims


The right answer is E. What we are looking for is an explanation for why other restaurants might be in trouble, which has been impacted by this particular event.

A - This is tempting, but this situation already existed. The food poisoning case doesn't change the situation, so this doesn't follow from the premises of the argument. OUT

B - This actually hurts the argument! OUT

C - This is tempting too, but we already know that this DIDN'T happen. OUT

D - This is totally unrelated. OUT

E - This actually makes sense because it offers an explanation for why the restaurants are struggling despite high patronage.

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I don't get this solution. The question says other, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits
; which should mean other than the 11 restaurants. How is this some other referring to those 11 only......
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I don't get this solution. The question says other, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits
; which should mean other than the 11 restaurants. How is this some other referring to those 11 only......

yup same question and just because of this reason i marked Option A
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The argument talks about profit going down means it should be related to sales or cost of operating.

Between C and E, I would go for C because C gives a reason for other than the 11 restaurants. Can someone pls explain why this thought process is wrong. Also, how does the “other” refer to the 11 restaurants?

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[quote="dcummins"]Last year, a woman was able to demonstrate that she contracted a bad case of food poisoning from a meal at one seafood restaurant in Tritonaville, and she successfully sued the restaurant for a large sum of money. The story was popular in the town, and the size of the financial settlement made the national news. Since that case, patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them. Nevertheless, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits, so much so that one restaurant was forced to close. This is not surprising, though, because _____________.

dcummins buddy pls remove "other"(highlighted) from the prompt, this is rendering to whole lot of churn here
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the question clearly mentions " the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them." How can the other restaurants land up in legal trouble.
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Last year, a woman was able to demonstrate that she contracted a bad case of food poisoning from a meal at one seafood restaurant in Tritonaville, and she successfully sued the restaurant for a large sum of money. The story was popular in the town, and the size of the financial settlement made the national news. Since that case, patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them. Nevertheless, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits, so much so that one restaurant was forced to close. This is not surprising, though, because _____________.

dcummins buddy pls remove "other"(highlighted) from the prompt, this is rendering to whole lot of churn here



Not sure what you're talking about.. nothing is highlighted. You highlighted "other" in your own quote dude.
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I don't get this solution. The question says other, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits
; which should mean other than the 11 restaurants. How is this some other referring to those 11 only......


Hi Nikita,

" Other " is not referring to the 11 seafood restaurants. "Other" is referring to the restaurants excluding those 11.
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But in E, it is stated that the 11 restaurants (which are in good position because of patronship), it is not stated that restaurants other than these are facing problems..
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other restaurants here imply restaurants other than those 11, but in the explanation it says that those 11 restaurants were suffering from profit decline. what i understood was that there are some other restaurants other than those in Triton .............. this is so confusing!! please explain
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Last year, a woman was able to demonstrate that she contracted a bad case of food poisoning from a meal at one seafood restaurant in Tritonaville, and she successfully sued the restaurant for a large sum of money. The story was popular in the town, and the size of the financial settlement made the national news. Since that case, patronship at this and the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them. Nevertheless, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits, so much so that one restaurant was forced to close. This is not surprising, though, because _____________.

Which of the following most logically completes the argument given?

(A) the restaurant market in Tritonaville is fiercely competitive with a large number of good restaurants of many cuisines, making it hard for all of them to remain solvent
(B) some of the cooking methods used for certain specific types of seafood food are less likely to kill germs than are the cooking methods used in most other cuisines
(C) national studies have indicated that, in the wake of a food poisoning scare, restaurant visits typically fall, especially at restaurants of the same cuisine as the original incident
(D) certain types of commercial fishing vessels can be considerably more unsanitary than most other commercial vessels responsible for food transport
(E) these eleven restaurants have incurred legal fees defending themselves against unfounded imitative claims


Though not a very strong contender, Option E is the only choice better than others.
Option A is wrong as this situation is already in place, and also it does not connect to food poisoning case.
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The stimulus is ambiguous but the "other" has to refer to those 10 restaurants to make logical sense.
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I don't get this solution. The question says other, some of the other seafood restaurants have experienced a severe drop in profits
; which should mean other than the 11 restaurants. How is this some other referring to those 11 only......

yup same question and just because of this reason i marked Option A


It refers to the same set of 'other restaurants' from the 11. Since it says "some of *the* other seafood..." it means that this refers to the same set of other spoken about, not just any other ones.

The part that is paradoxical is, how can it be the case that with high patronage, restaurants are still shutting down. A does not work because even before the woman reported the food poisoning, this competitive situation already existed, and there was no significant drop in profits. What we want is some explanation of how this situation could have caused an impact, even though the impact was not direct.

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The argument talks about profit going down means it should be related to sales or cost of operating.

Between C and E, I would go for C because C gives a reason for other than the 11 restaurants. Can someone pls explain why this thought process is wrong. Also, how does the “other” refer to the 11 restaurants?

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The mistake here is that we know that this did NOT happen at *the* other restaurants. Maybe usually visitation tends to go down, but we are told in the premises here that visitation remained the same. Therefore, as you said, it has to be related to operating costs. Fighting frivolous legal battles is an operating cost that went up, thereby explaining the profit drops.

The operative word is *the* other, so we are talking about a specific set of 'other' that was already mentioned before, it can only be about these 11.

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the question clearly mentions " the ten other seafood restaurants in Tritonaville has remained high, and no other case of food poisoning has been documented at any of them." How can the other restaurants land up in legal trouble.


That is exactly the point. They are ending up in legal trouble because of frivolous lawsuits. Without having done something wrong, they have more cases filed against them. This increases costs and therefore causes them to go bankrupt despite having patronage.

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Problem with OA

Here , the statement "no other CASE of food poisoning has been documented" ,would indicate that there where no other cases of food poisoning , whether frivolous or not. The use of the word "CASE" can encompass both true example of something or an event that later turned out be true/false. I can,for example have a case of food poisoning that is still in court , and whose truth is still subject to debate, such events can still be documented as cases(an event whose truth is subject to debate) of food poisoning.

CASE meaning :- a particular situation or an example of something.

Normal course of events

A person complains that he has food poisoning.(event take place)
The person approaches the court that views this as a CASE.
Here the incident in itself is enough to warrant the use of the word 'CASE'.

Ordinary usage
Numerous cases of theft where documented, which later turned out to be false.

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