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# More sports journals are sold in Hornby than in Milston.

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More sports journals are sold in Hornby than in Milston. Therefore, the residents of Hornby are better informed about major sporting events than are the residents of Milston.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

A. Hornby has a larger population than Milston.

B. Most residents of Milston work in Hornby and buy their reading material there.

C. The average newsstand price of journals sold in Hornby is lower than the average price of journals sold in Milston.

D. A monthly journal restricted to the coverage of local events is published in Hornby.

E. The average resident of Hornby spends less time reading sports journals than does the average resident of Milston

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23 Dec 2004, 14:35
What you want to find is the answer which does NOT weaken the argument that Hornby more informed than Milston
A) More population at Hornby, therefore, more newspaper sold may not mean that people are more informed because this dilutes the # of newspaper sold to a larger population. Weakens
B) People buying at Hornby is because Milston residents buy their newpapers there. Hence, Hornby people might not after all be more informed than Milston people. Weakens
C) Price has nothing to do with how informed people are. Out of scope and this is the answer
D) If Hornby content is restricted, then its people may not be more informed. Weakens
E) More Hornby newspaper sold but its population don't bother reading it. Is hornby's people more informed? No. Weakens
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23 Dec 2004, 20:45
Paul wrote:
What you want to find is the answer which does NOT weaken the argument that Hornby more informed than Milston
A) More population at Hornby, therefore, more newspaper sold may not mean that people are more informed because this dilutes the # of newspaper sold to a larger population. Weakens
B) People buying at Hornby is because Milston residents buy their newpapers there. Hence, Hornby people might not after all be more informed than Milston people. Weakens
C) Price has nothing to do with how informed people are. Out of scope and this is the answer
D) If Hornby content is restricted, then its people may not be more informed. Weakens
E) More Hornby newspaper sold but its population don't bother reading it. Is hornby's people more informed? No. Weakens

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Why can't the answer be D. The question talks about a ""sports journal"", while D talks about a ""monthly journal"" (could be any journal, not necessarily sports). Therefore, like price, this choice is also irrelevant and could be the answer. Unless, there is a typo in D (monthly to sports)?
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24 Dec 2004, 07:13
Never mind sporting events, D talks about "major" sports events so if the content is "local", "major" sports events could be excluded from there and this weakens the argument
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24 Dec 2004, 09:33
What if someone else who are not residents of Hornby came there to buy cheaper newspapers (as in (C))?
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24 Dec 2004, 09:35
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What if someone else who are not residents of Hornby came there to buy cheaper newspapers (as in (C))?

You are making an unwarranted assumption here. Always stick with what the argument includes, nothing more, nothing less
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24 Dec 2004, 11:53
IMHO, the answer is D. I narrowed down to C and D.

Here is my reasoning:
C: Price in H is lower than M, so more people would buy in H than in M. More journals may be bought on price factor only but poeple may not be informed. This weakens the argument.

D. Irrelevant to our discussion. Hence the best answer.
"A monthly journal restricted to the coverage of local events This statement does not weaken the argument at all.

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24 Dec 2004, 12:53
Yeah, I'm thinking C explains why more people in H buy sports journals, but doesn't weaken the conclusion that H residents are therefore more informed. I mean, even though they pay less for the journals, we have to assume that they read them if there's no indication that people who pay less for a journal are less likely to read it.
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