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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(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.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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(A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.; No such information is found the conversation

(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.; same no information in the conversation

(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.;wide variety may or may not increase expenses but conversation says expenditure goes high

(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers;may be but No such information is found from the conversation

(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.
;this could be the nearest possibility as the Head of billing States "Not at all" means total expenditure remains same and cost is adjusted somewhere in the system.
So i will go with "E"
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New post 16 Jan 2020, 06:24
IMO the answer should be C.
A: Tells us nothing about amount of supplies. Indirectly might tell us Accounting uses more. That goes against what we need to prove.
B: Past behaviour might not hold up in the present.
C: If the work of Billing NOW requires wider range of clerical supplies than it did in the past, it explains why Billing uses more clerical supplies.
D: Doesn't tell us anything about change in clerical supply consumption patterns
E: Members of Accounting might take their clerical supplies from Billing Cabinet. There is no information to say that Billing will be charged for all supplies taken from their cabinet.
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(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.

(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.


The other options can be easily eliminated, so lets get straight to the point. Which is the best answer choice between (C) and (E)?

(C) says work in Billing requires a wider variety - a wider variety does not equate to a bigger spend.
However in (E) Accountants walk up to the Billing cabinet and use their stuff. Those cheeky buggers! Nothing has changed, same supplies, same number of people in either department, But the usage has increased because of those pesky accountants using Billing's supplies. Increase usage means greater spend, directly linking this to the conclusion.
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I chose C.
I eliminated E because members if the accounting department are pilfering objects from the billing department. This does not mean that charging the billing department is a waste since both departments need these objects to function. However, the question is if the billing department is wasting supplies.

Option C states that the supplies that they are using are required, thus the expenditures are not wasteful.
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Bunuel wrote:

(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.

(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.


Seems like a rather difficult choice to make between those two.
I interpreted it more in the following way:
C) says that they required a smaller variety in the past, but now require more. Seems okay as support, although there still might be a slim chance of some supplies being wasted due to normal usage.
E) goes a step further in revealing, that the clerical supplies of Billing are also used for the Accounting department. The potential amount of wasted supplies should therefore be even smaller. And this supports better the argument.
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C is comparing the past but manager is talking about present spending. We do not knowing anything about past
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