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Mr. Arlekino: Burat Company, which ordered a large lot

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Mr. Arlekino: Burat Company, which ordered a large lot of bolts from our company, requested that we use SP23 to manufacture those bolts, because SP23 is more efficient and produces bolts of higher quality than most of the other bolt-producing machines. Our only SP23 is currently broken and will not be fixed for three days, and the deadline for completing the order cannot be moved. Therefore, we will be forced to disregard Burat’s request and use our SP20 machine, which is less efficient but is in working condition, allowing us to meet the deadline.

The argument above assumes which of the following?
(A)No other bolt producing machine is more effective and produces bolts of higher quality than SP23.
(B)By the time SP23 is repaired, SP20 will have completed the order.
(C)The quality of bolts produced by SP20 is higher than the quality of bolts produced by SP23.
(D)For any currently available bolt-producing machine other than SP20, it would be impossible to complete the order on time.
(E)Time saved during production of bolts by the more efficient SP23 would not be sufficient to compensate for the three days lost to its repair.

Originally posted by guerrero25 on 11 Aug 2013, 02:16.
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Re: Mr. Arlekino: Burat Company, which ordered a large lot  [#permalink]

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guerrero25 wrote:
Mr. Arlekino: Burat Company, which ordered a large lot of bolts from our company, requested that we use SP23 to manufacture those bolts, because SP23 is more efficient and produces bolts of higher quality than most of the other bolt-producing machines. Our only SP23 is currently broken and will not be fixed for three days, and the deadline for completing the order cannot be moved. Therefore, we will be forced to disregard Burat’s request and use our SP20 machine, which is less efficient but is in working condition, allowing us to meet the deadline.

The argument above assumes which of the following?
(A)No other bolt producing machine is more effective and produces bolts of higher quality than SP23.
(B)By the time SP23 is repaired, SP20 will have completed the order.
(C)The quality of bolts produced by SP20 is higher than the quality of bolts produced by SP23.
(D)For any currently available bolt-producing machine other than SP20, it would be impossible to complete the order on time.
(E)Time saved during production of bolts by the more efficient SP23 would not be sufficient to compensate for the three days lost to its repair.

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IMO E

CONCLUSION:we will be forced to disregard Burat’s request and use our SP20 machine
PREMISE: Our only SP23 is currently broken and will not be fixed for three days, and the deadline for completing the order cannot be moved.

clearly this is assuming that if we wait FOR SP 23 to get repaired and then start production ..then remaining time will be insufficient to meet the deadline.==>that is why they are concluding that they are forced to use SP20 to meet that deadline.

THIS IS CLEARLY STATED IN OPTION E: Time saved during production of bolts by the more efficient SP23 would not be sufficient to compensate for the three days lost to its repair.
HENCE E

OTHER OPTIONS:
(A)No other bolt producing machine is more effective and produces bolts of higher quality than SP23.
WRONG.OUT OF SCOPE.
(B)By the time SP23 is repaired, SP20 will have completed the order.
WRONG.this was little tempting ....but still if have not completed the order but this will not allow us to use only SP23 only as we are lacking time for time deadline and it is not stated that remaining time was sufficient to complete the order before time.
(C)The quality of bolts produced by SP20 is higher than the quality of bolts produced by SP23.
WRONG. It is negating the argument and not an assumption.
(D)For any currently available bolt-producing machine other than SP20, it would be impossible to complete the order on time.
WRONG.OUT OF SCOPE.

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For any assumption argument read for the conclusion and premise first

the conclusion is that the company will have to use the SP20 to meet the deadline
The premise is that the SP23 machine is broken and takes three days to repair.

thus the gap in the reasoning lies between the 3 day repair and the deadline (which is not stated). the argument assumes that the repair time would make it impossible to meet the deadline.

quote="guerrero25"]Mr. Arlekino: Burat Company, which ordered a large lot of bolts from our company, requested that we use SP23 to manufacture those bolts, because SP23 is more efficient and produces bolts of higher quality than most of the other bolt-producing machines. Our only SP23 is currently broken and will not be fixed for three days, and the deadline for completing the order cannot be moved. Therefore, we will be forced to disregard Burat’s request and use our SP20 machine, which is less efficient but is in working condition, allowing us to meet the deadline.

The argument above assumes which of the following?
(A)No other bolt producing machine is more effective and produces bolts of higher quality than SP23.We don't care about other machines, the paragraph only discusses the 23 and the 20 - any other machine is irrelevant to this company
(B)By the time SP23 is repaired, SP20 will have completed the order.This is not an assumption because we were not told that the SP20 would complete before the repair was finished, only that the SP20 would be able to meet the deadline
(C)The quality of bolts produced by SP20 is higher than the quality of bolts produced by SP23.This directly contradicts the information in the passage and therefore cannot be correct
(D)For any currently available bolt-producing machine other than SP20, it would be impossible to complete the order on time.This does not address the issue of the repair time for the 23 and the deadline so it cannot be the assumption[color=#0000ff][/color]
(E)Time saved during production of bolts by the more efficient SP23 would not be sufficient to compensate for the three days lost to its repair.This answer says what we are looking for - that the repair time will make it impossible to meet the deadline, thus it is the correct answer[/quote]
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New post 17 Jul 2017, 21:28
this is a common pattern in GMAT; test takers should know this. Also, Kaplan has a question with the same pattern.
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Re: Mr. Arlekino: Burat Company, which ordered a large lot   [#permalink] 17 Jul 2017, 21:28
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