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07 Aug 2006, 19:50
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Manager: Accounting and Billing are located right next to each other and the two departments do similar kinds of work; yet expenditures for clerical supplies charged to Billing are much higher. Is Billing wasting supplies?
Head of Billing: Not at all.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the position of the Head of Billing?

(A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.
(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.
(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.
(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.
(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.
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07 Aug 2006, 19:52
OA is 'D'.
but 'E' seems to be correct.
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07 Aug 2006, 20:13
E seems the logical one! What is the source?
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07 Aug 2006, 20:44
1000CR,

actually, the answer at the bottom is 'D' but the hidden answer next to the question is 'E'
I think I noticed similar thing a while ago for other questions..
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07 Aug 2006, 21:50
E is the choice here. D doesnt' really make sense.
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07 Aug 2006, 23:21
Not at all possible. OA should be E.
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08 Aug 2006, 02:25
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ps_dahiya wrote:
Not at all possible. OA should be E.

Why is C wrong ?
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ps_dahiya wrote:
Not at all possible. OA should be E.

Why is C wrong ?

Wider variety of supplies does not guarantee larger volume of supplies.
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08 Aug 2006, 07:21
ps_dahiya wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Not at all possible. OA should be E.

Why is C wrong ?

Wider variety of supplies does not guarantee larger volume of supplies.

Ah ha...Right !!!
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08 Aug 2006, 08:20
E seems to be right
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08 Aug 2006, 13:11
E is the winner.
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09 Aug 2006, 13:38
I would choose E.
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09 Aug 2006, 14:07
Went for E.
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09 Aug 2006, 17:39
Definitely 'D' cannot be the right choice. It should be 'E'
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09 Aug 2006, 22:47
E seems to be the best choice.
D doesnot make any sense. Had the same problem with 1000CR but considered E correct.
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14 Aug 2006, 23:04
ps_dahiya wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Not at all possible. OA should be E.

Why is C wrong ?

Wider variety of supplies does not guarantee larger volume of supplies.

Furthermore, (E) better supports the position made by the head of billing than C. Essentially, both are correct, just the latter is more convincing.
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17 Feb 2009, 22:12
Manager: Accounting and Billing are located right next to each other and the two departments do similar kinds of work; yet expenditures for clerical supplies charged to Billing are much higher. Is Billing wasting supplies?
Head of Billing: Not at all.
Which of the following, if true, best supports the position of the Head of Billing?
(A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.
(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.
(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.
(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.
(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.

I got this one correct but thought it was a nice one.
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18 Feb 2009, 09:31
Yeah clear E
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Re: CR- Accounting vs Billing [#permalink]

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18 Feb 2009, 09:57
ConkergMat wrote:
Manager: Accounting and Billing are located right next to each other and the two departments do similar kinds of work; yet expenditures for clerical supplies charged to Billing are much higher. Is Billing wasting supplies?
Head of Billing: Not at all.
Which of the following, if true, best supports the position of the Head of Billing?
(A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.
(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.
(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.
(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.
(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.

I got this one correct but thought it was a nice one.

I got C and E looked preposterous to me. As some one said, wider variety need not correspond to larger volume. Even if thats the case, billing is buying ones and twos of everything and are not wasting it. If wider variety also had large volume, they are doing so because the work requires it.

Just because A is taking some supplies off from B does not establish the fact that folks in B are not wasting it or wasting it.

Better words/thoughts??
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18 Feb 2009, 23:19
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E without a doubt. The manager's argument is based on analogy: These two departments are the same, therefore their costs for clerical supplies should be the same. The head of Billing is trying to weaken the argument, so he needs to show that there is some important difference between the two which makes the analogy inappropriate for predicting the costs for clerical supplies. E does this in a very obvious way.

C does not work because (even if we assume that wider variety means higher cost, which we can't assume as already pointed out) it does not show that the change in variety is a DIFFERENCE between Accounting and Billing. It does not mention Accounting at all. Therefore, it does not attack the analogy.

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