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Many people attribute China’s economic surge to the country’s manipulation of exchange rates and the favorable trade conditions that result from that practice. But China’s burgeoning middle class – tens of millions of affluent domestic consumers – has been equally as important. With an increasing volume of economic activity occurring within its own borders, favorable exchange rates and trade conditions are less important to the Chinese economy than ever before.

In the argument above, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

A. It introduces a judgment that the argument opposes.
B. It is a fact that the argument suggests is only partially true.
C. It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.
D. It offers an opinion that the author believes should be qualified.
E. It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.
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New post 10 Oct 2017, 11:31
Correct answer is B.

A is wrong because the argument isn't opposing the judgement about manipulation of exchange rates.
C is wrong because the highlighted part isn't providing any evidence that support the latter argument.
D is tricky, but the author isn't necessarily qualifying the highlighted part, it is bringing new information not necessarily related to the manipulation of exchange rates.
E is completely not related

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Before addressing the bold content, begin by identifying the conclusion of the author's argument, which is that "favorable exchange rates and trade conditions are less important to the Chinese economy than ever before". This position does not refute the bold statement, it merely indicates that "the country's manipulation of exchange rates..." is "less important... than before". Look for an answer choice that reflects this relationship.

Choice A is an extreme, half-right answer choice. The bold statement does introduce a judgment, so the first portion of the choice is correct. However, the argument does not oppose the statement, it only qualifies its importance.
Choice B is also a half-right trap answer choice, because the argument does suggest that "manipulation of exchange rates" is only partially responsible for "China's economic surge". However, this position is subjective and not an absolute fact. Additionally, the author does not indicate that the existence of the opinions of "many people" is partially untrue.
Choice C is a reversal of the prompt, since the bold statement does not support the main conclusion of the argument.
Choice D is a correct paraphrase of the relationship between the bold statement and the conclusion of the argument which states that "the country's manipulation of exchange rates..." is "less important... than before".
Choice E is a reversal of the prompt, since the conclusion does not explain the bold statement. Additionally, the bold statement is an opinion and not a finding.

The correct answer is choice D.
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Many people attribute China’s economic surge to the country’s manipulation of exchange rates and the favorable trade conditions that result from that practice. But China’s burgeoning middle class – tens of millions of affluent domestic consumers – has been equally as important. With an increasing volume of economic activity occurring within its own borders, favorable exchange rates and trade conditions are less important to the Chinese economy than ever before.

In the argument above, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?
(A) It introduces a judgment that the argument opposes.
(B) It is a fact that the argument suggests is only partially true.
(C) It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.
(D) It offers an opinion that the author believes should be qualified.
(E) It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.

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Many people attribute China’s economic surge to the country’s manipulation of exchange rates and the favorable trade conditions that result from that practice. But China’s burgeoning middle class – tens of millions of affluent domestic consumers – has been equally as important. With an increasing volume of economic activity occurring within its own borders, favorable exchange rates and trade conditions are less important to the Chinese economy than ever before.

In the argument above, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?
(A) It introduces a judgment that the argument opposes.
(B) It is a fact that the argument suggests is only partially true.
(C) It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.
(D) It offers an opinion that the author believes should be qualified.
(E) It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.

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Many people attribute China’s economic surge to the country’s manipulation of exchange rates and the favorable trade conditions that result from that practice. But China’s burgeoning middle class – tens of millions of affluent domestic consumers – has been equally as important. With an increasing volume of economic activity occurring within its own borders, favorable exchange rates and trade conditions are less important to the Chinese economy than ever before.

In the argument above, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?
(A) It introduces a judgment that the argument opposes.
(B) It is a fact that the argument suggests is only partially true.
(C) It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.
(D) It offers an opinion that the author believes should be qualified.
(E) It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.


Official Solution:
In this Boldface question, it is important to follow the non-bolded portions of the argument to follow what happens to the idea introduced in the bolded first sentence. Note the phrase "equally as important" in the second sentence after the dash: the author is not trying to disprove the conventional wisdom that currency manipulation caused China's economic surge, but rather to show that it is one of two primary causes. For this reason, choice (A) is incorrect: the author doesn't want to disprove the bolded portion, just to add to it.

That logic might lead you toward choice (B), but pay particular attention to what the bolded portion would be as a "fact" - it's the notion that people believe something. The author doesn't think that the fact that people believe that is partially true - the argument is that the belief itself (which is the predicate of the sentence, not the full sentence itself) is partially true. So choice (B) is incorrect.

Choice (D) demonstrates the logic properly: the author believes that the opinion should be qualified, so choice (D) is correct.

I don't understand WHY D is the answer and NOT B?
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Official Solution:
In this Boldface question, it is important to follow the non-bolded portions of the argument to follow what happens to the idea introduced in the bolded first sentence. Note the phrase "equally as important" in the second sentence after the dash: the author is not trying to disprove the conventional wisdom that currency manipulation caused China's economic surge, but rather to show that it is one of two primary causes. For this reason, choice (A) is incorrect: the author doesn't want to disprove the bolded portion, just to add to it.

That logic might lead you toward choice (B), but pay particular attention to what the bolded portion would be as a "fact" - it's the notion that people believe something. The author doesn't think that the fact that people believe that is partially true - the argument is that the belief itself (which is the predicate of the sentence, not the full sentence itself) is partially true. So choice (B) is incorrect.

Choice (D) demonstrates the logic properly: the author believes that the opinion should be qualified, so choice (D) is correct.

I don't understand WHY D is the answer and NOT B?
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Why is option B wrong and why is option D correct?

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As I mentioned in the answer reply above, Choice B is a half-right trap answer choice, because while the argument does suggest that "manipulation of exchange rates" is only partially responsible for "China's economic surge" the boldfaced position is subjective and not an objective fact. Additionally, as the official guide indicates, the author does not indicate that the existence of the opinions of "many people" is partially untrue he believes that their opinion is not comprehensive. Please let me know if you require further clarification on this nuanced critical reasoning question :thumbup:
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As I mentioned in the answer reply above, Choice B is a half-right trap answer choice, because while the argument does suggest that "manipulation of exchange rates" is only partially responsible for "China's economic surge" the boldfaced position is subjective and not an objective fact. Additionally, as the official guide indicates, the author does not indicate that the existence of the opinions of "many people" is partially untrue he believes that their opinion is not comprehensive. Please let me know if you require further clarification on this nuanced critical reasoning question :thumbup:


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Your explanation helped me understand what is wrong with option B. However, I don't get how D is the right answer. Not that I have any other answer choice in mind now, but how does the bold face imply authors opinion ....

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smaisnier wrote:
As I mentioned in the answer reply above, Choice B is a half-right trap answer choice, because while the argument does suggest that "manipulation of exchange rates" is only partially responsible for "China's economic surge" the boldfaced position is subjective and not an objective fact. Additionally, as the official guide indicates, the author does not indicate that the existence of the opinions of "many people" is partially untrue he believes that their opinion is not comprehensive. Please let me know if you require further clarification on this nuanced critical reasoning question :thumbup:


Hi,

Your explanation helped me understand what is wrong with option B. However, I don't get how D is the right answer. Not that I have any other answer choice in mind now, but how does the bold face imply authors opinion ....


The bold face does not imply the author's opinion, it is instead the opinion of "Many people (who) attribute China’s economic surge to the country’s manipulation of exchange rates and the favorable trade conditions that result from that practice", with which the author takes issue. The author then qualifies this other opinion, but does not outright disagree with it, by stating that "China’s burgeoning middle class – tens of millions of affluent domestic consumers – has been equally as important" and that "with an increasing volume of economic activity occurring within its own borders, favorable exchange rates and trade conditions are less important to the Chinese economy than ever before." This is why choice D is supported as the correct answer.
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