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Municipal legislator: The mayor proposes that the city accept

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Municipal legislator: The mayor proposes that the city accept a lighting company's gift of several high-tech streetlights. Surely there would be no problem in accepting these despite some people's fear that the company wants to influence the city's decision regarding park lighting contracts. The only ulterior motive I can find is the company's desire to have its products seen by mayors who wi ll visit the city for an upcoming convention. In any case, favoritism in city contracts is prevented by our competitive-bidding procedure.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main conclusion of the municipal legislator's argument?

(A) Some people's fear that t he company wants to influence the city's decision regarding park lighting contracts is unfounded.
(B) The mayor's proposal to accept the gift of streetlights should not be considered problematic.
(C) It is not appropriate that any company should have the unique opportunity to display its products to mayors attending the upcoming convention.
(D) The city 's competitive-bidding procedure prevents favoritism in the dispensing of city contracts.
(E) The lighting company's desire to display its products to visiting mayors is the real motivation behind the s uggested gift of streetlights.

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Originally posted by Akela on 06 Jan 2018, 08:43.
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B.

Explanation: starting with the second one, every sentence in the passage makes the same point: there is no problem in the mayor's proposal to accept the gift. This is exactly what B says.

By process of elimination:
A - it is not the fear that the company wants to influence the city which is unfounded, but rather the fear that they will succeed.
B - yes, this is what the second sentence expressly states, and the third and fourth sentences provide supporting claims.
C - this is the opposite of what is being claimed.
D - This is indeed implied in the last sentence, but it is not the main conclusion: rather, it is only a supporting claim.
E - The fourth sentence does suggest this, but it by no means the main conclusion (as is clear by the connecting words "The only... I can find" - which make it clear this is a reservation, not the main point).
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