Last visit was: 12 Jul 2024, 21:14 It is currently 12 Jul 2024, 21:14
Toolkit
GMAT Club Daily Prep
Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History
Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

# Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are

SORT BY:
Tags:
Show Tags
Hide Tags
Math Expert
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 94302
Own Kudos [?]: 640208 [0]
Given Kudos: 84576
Senior Manager
Joined: 05 Jan 2024
Posts: 416
Own Kudos [?]: 272 [2]
Given Kudos: 99
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
Intern
Joined: 16 Mar 2024
Posts: 30
Own Kudos [?]: 21 [1]
Given Kudos: 4
Manager
Joined: 10 Sep 2023
Posts: 150
Own Kudos [?]: 127 [1]
Given Kudos: 57
Re: Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are [#permalink]
1
Kudos
Option E

Author opinion: US employee supports taking PTO and vacations
The first line is a fact that he states, then explains the facts with more reasoning and then cites his opinion on this statement.

(A) It is a recommendation of a policy that the American workplace should implement. - Nope nothing of this has been claimed
(B) It is evidence of the author’s claim that vacation time gives workers a chance to rest. - Nope
(C) It is the conclusion of the argument. - Nope it is an opening premise.
(D) It is a statement of a principle that the author wishes all people would observe. - No... he talks against it, he don't do it, the opinion is not neutral
(E) It is a statement of fact about which the author expresses an opinion.­ - Yes
Manager
Joined: 13 Aug 2020
Posts: 108
Own Kudos [?]: 102 [1]
Given Kudos: 94
Concentration: Marketing, Operations
GMAT 1: 540 Q15 V29
WE:Operations (Manufacturing)
Re: Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are [#permalink]
1
Kudos
IMO E,
Only option evaluate the argument.

(E) It is a statement of fact about which the author expresses an opinion.

Posted from my mobile device
Intern
Joined: 28 Oct 2021
Posts: 13
Own Kudos [?]: 10 [1]
Given Kudos: 46
Location: India
Re: Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are [#permalink]
1
Kudos

So, the passage starts by giving some stats that "Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are entitled", then it goes on the give reasons, as to Why is this happening. Then the auther gives his/her opinion, by saying "This is a mistake"; and then provides explanation as to Why he thinks this is a mistake.

Let`s start by eliminating the incorrect answer choices:
A: recommendation; it is not a recommendation. The author is not recommending this, it is already happening. Eliminated.
B: evidence; hmm this could be it but on gurther reading it says "evidence of the author’s claim". It is not an evidence of authors claim. Eliminated.
C: conclusion; it is not conculsion as analysed while reading, conclusion is different. Eliminated.
D: statement of a principle; it is not a principle further it is completely opposite from what author wants people to observe. Eliminated.
E: statement of a fact; this is as per our understanding and the author is definately expressing his/her opinion about this fact. Correct.­
Math Expert
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 94302
Own Kudos [?]: 640208 [0]
Given Kudos: 84576
Re: Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
­Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are entitled. There are several reasons for this: They feel that they are indispensable at work, they fear the resentment of coworkers, or they dread discovering that their workplaces can actually function perfectly well without them. This is a mistake; vacation time gives workers a chance to rest, recover, and gain perspective that in turn can lead to more creativity and better performance at work.

The claim that many Americans don’t take all the vacation time to which they are entitled plays which one of the following roles in the argument?

(A) It is a recommendation of a policy that the American workplace should implement.

(B) It is evidence of the author’s claim that vacation time gives workers a chance to rest.

(C) It is the conclusion of the argument.

(D) It is a statement of a principle that the author wishes all people would observe.

(E) It is a statement of fact about which the author expresses an opinion.
­

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

E. The claim in the question is a statement of fact in the first sentence that the speaker explores more thoroughly, concluding with the statement that it’s a mistake. She’s not suggesting that it’s a good thing, so Choices (A) and (D) are wrong. It’s not evidence, so Choice (B) is wrong. Her actual conclusion is that refraining from taking vacation is a mistake, so Choice (C) is wrong. The claim is a statement of fact that provides the background information for the author’s opinion about what Americans should do with their vacation time, so Choice (E) is correct.­
­
Re: Many Americans do not take all the vacation time to which they are [#permalink]
Moderators:
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
6979 posts
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
236 posts
CR Forum Moderator
821 posts