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# More monthly Mass Transit Metrocards

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04 Nov 2018, 05:53
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More monthly Mass Transit Metrocards are sold in the City X than are sold in City Y. It follows that City X citizens spend more time travelling by mass transit on a per capita basis than do City Y citizens.

All of the following, if true, weaken the argument except.

A. City Y has smaller population than City X.
B. Most City Y citizens work in City X and purchase City X metrocards.
C. The number of working commuters as a percentage of the overall population is higher in City Y than in City X.
D. Most City X citizens use the mass transit system primarily during the work week only.
E. The price of a City X Metrocard is 20% lower than a City Y Metrocard.
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More monthly Mass Transit Metrocards are sold in the City X than are sold in City Y. It follows that City X citizens spend more time travelling by mass transit on a per capita basis than do City Y citizens.

All of the following, if true, weaken the argument except.

Given: more cards are sold in city X than are sold in city Y

City X citizen spend more time traveling by mass transit than city Y citizen

If new information suggests that citizen in X spend more time traveling by MT is the reason for more cards sold in country X then this new information doesn't weaken the argument.

A. City Y has smaller population than City X.
B. Most City Y citizens work in City X and purchase City X metrocards.
C. The number of working commuters as a percentage of the overall population is higher in City Y than in City X.(weakner)
D. Most City X citizens use the mass transit system primarily during the work week only.(weakener)
E. The price of a City X Metrocard is 20% lower than a City Y Metrocard.(strengthner)

I will go with Choice E

Thanks akash
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Originally posted by sonusaini1 on 05 Nov 2018, 04:06.
Last edited by sonusaini1 on 05 Nov 2018, 05:46, edited 2 times in total.
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05 Nov 2018, 04:14
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sonusaini1 wrote:
More monthly Mass Transit Metrocards are sold in the City X than are sold in City Y. It follows that City X citizens spend more time travelling by mass transit on a per capita basis than do City Y citizens.

All of the following, if true, weaken the argument except.

Given: more cards are sold in city X than are sold in city Y

City X citizen spend more time traveling by mass transit than city Y citizen

If new information suggests that citizen in X spend more time traveling by MT is not the reason for more cards sold in country X then this new information weakens the argument.

Option B introduce that information

A. City Y has smaller population than City X.
B. Most City Y citizens work in City X and purchase City X metrocards.
C. The number of working commuters as a percentage of the overall population is higher in City Y than in City X.
D. Most City X citizens use the mass transit system primarily during the work week only.
E. The price of a City X Metrocard is 20% lower than a City Y Metrocard.

I will go with Choice B.

The question stem says Weaken the argument "EXCEPT"
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05 Nov 2018, 04:21
IMO E
More monthly Mass Transit Metrocards are sold in the City X than are sold in City Y. It follows that City X citizens spend more time travelling by mass transit on a per capita basis than do City Y citizens.

All of the following, if true, weaken the argument except.

A. City Y has smaller population than City X.......obviously then the percapita basis calculation will not stand..therefore it weakens the argument...
B. Most City Y citizens work in City X and purchase City X metrocards......again wrt the no of citizens who are working in city X......no concern over the spending on percapita basis/population.....weaken
C. The number of working commuters as a percentage of the overall population is higher in City Y than in City X....same aspect as that of B....weaken
D. Most City X citizens use the mass transit system primarily during the work week only........not on the percapita/population basis. Therefore it weakens the argument.

E. The price of a City X Metrocard is 20% lower than a City Y Metrocard....Tricky option.....The price of a city X metrocard is less than that of City Y metrocard and therefore the comparison is based on something else which has little effect on the solution.
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11 Jan 2019, 22:00
Hi,

I think this question has many loopholes . Can experts clarify .

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11 Jan 2019, 23:48
I think the question is flawed. Here is my analysis.

More monthly Mass Transit Metrocards are sold in the City X than are sold in City Y. It follows that City X citizens spend more time travelling by mass transit on a per capita basis than do City Y citizens.

All of the following, if true, weaken the argument except.

A. City Y has smaller population than City X. - argument talks about per capita time spent on travel, if population is high in X with higher number of cards sold in X, per capita amount could be the same. This statement weakens .

B. Most City Y citizens work in City X and purchase City X metrocards. this definitely weakens as citizens of Y buying cards from X falsely implies that citizen of X are travelling more .

C The number of working commuters as a percentage of the overall population is higher in City Y than in City X. this mildly weakens it as the big underlying assumption is that only working people commute through mass transit. But still it weakens it
D. Most City X citizens use the mass transit system primarily during the work week only. will not say it's a weakner per say, to me it has no impact. Saying that people commute over on weekdays and without having any reference or comparison to commuters of city Y, I would keep it since it has no impact.
E. The price of a City X Metrocard is 20% lower than a City Y Metrocard. - this Def is stenghtner, however it mildly strengthens , but this Def would make me beleive more in conclusion that people buy cheaper tickets in X and spend more time travelling using mass transit
Between D and E I will choose E. But I doubt if it's a very good quality question.

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