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# Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost

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Question No.: CR 124

Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale. The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own. And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the newsletter’s argument?

(A) The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first.

(B) The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion.

(C) The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion.

(D) The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided.

(E) Both are premises, for which no evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion.

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Homeowners in a condominium association can buy products and services collectively. A management company handles maintenance of condominium common areas.

Reasoning

What roles are played in the argument by the statement that a condominium generally offers more value for its cost than a house because of economies of scale and by the statement that condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than owners of individual homes do?

In the passage, the first sentence (the first boldface statement) is a generalization.

The second sentence provides an example of the economies of scale mentioned in the first sentence, so it helps support the first sentence as a conclusion.

In the third sentence, the word since indicates that the first clause is a premise supporting the second clause (the second boldface statement) as a conclusion. That conclusion itself provides another example of the economies of scale mentioned in the first sentence, so it also helps support that first sentence as a conclusion.

A. Correct. As explained above, the first boldface statement is supported by the rest of the statements in the argument, so it is the main conclusion. The second boldface statement supports the first, but is itself a conclusion supported by the since clause preceding it.

B. The second and third sentences in the argument provide examples of economies of scale. These examples are evidence supporting the first boldface statement as a conclusion.

C. Since the second boldface statement provides evidence of the economies of scale described by the first, it supports the first as a conclusion.

D. The since clause immediately preceding the second boldface statement provides evidence that supports it, so the second boldface statement is a conclusion.

E. Both the second and the third sentences of the argument support the first boldface statement as a conclusion. And the since clause immediately preceding the second boldface statement supports it as a conclusion.

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Conclusion: Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale.
Premise: The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own.
Conclusion: And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.
The conclusion markers are highlighted in italic's .

Question Type: Boldface play which of the following roles
Prephase - Pay Attention to the Conclusion markers and relate both the statements in the most appropriate way.

A. The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first. - Correct (spend less time and money refer to economies of scale).
B. The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion. - Incorrect - Both parts are wrong (The first is a conclusion and evidence is provided in the second boldface statement.)
C. The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion. - Incorrect - Reverse analogy.
D. The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided. - First part is correct, but the second part which states no evidence - And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas. - Incorrect
E. Both are premises, for which no evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion. - Incorrect
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Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale. The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own. And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.

PREMISE 1 for main conclusion:-The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own
PREMISE 2 for both intermediate and main conclusion :-A professional management company handles maintenance of common areas.
INTERMEDIATE CONCLUSION:- Condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do {$$2^{nd}$$ Boldface}
MAIN CONCLUSION"- A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale.{$$1^{st}$$ Boldface}

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the newsletter’s argument?

A. The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first.
B. The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion.
C. The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion.
D. The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided.
E. Both are premises, for which no evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion.

AbdurRakib wrote:
Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale. The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own. And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the newsletter’s argument?

A. The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first.
B. The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion.
C. The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion.
D. The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided.
E. Both are premises, for which no evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion.

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AbdurRakib wrote:
Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale. The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own. And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the newsletter’s argument?

A. The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first.
B. The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion.
C. The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion.
D. The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided.
E. Both are premises, for which no evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion.

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1) A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale. Looks like a fact at first glance. Let's read through.

2) The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own. It gives reason/evidence why the fact in first line is true.

3) And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, Presence of 'since' means it is a reason for something.

4) [b]condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do. 'because' of the fact in 3rd line owners are achieving something. So, this becomes conclusion of the third sentence.

Now looking closely at the argument statement 1 is the conclusion as other statements are supporting the conclusion by presenting evidence. And second bold phrase is the conclusion of 3rd statement. Both bold faces support each other.

Statement A mentions it correctly.
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well, C looks similar to A, but A is correct because of "economies scale" => test takers should know this English word, or at least have some senses of economic concepts.
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Imo A
The first statement is the conclusion of the argument the conclusion is based on the premise The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own.
People in condominium are able to use services that they will not be able to afford if they had their own house take for example golf area .
The second statement is also a conclusion drawn from the premise And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas
The second in turn supports the first conclusion that the A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale
condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.
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A is the correct choice - The first boldface statement is supported by the rest of the statements in the argument, so it is the main conclusion. The second boldface supports the first, and itself is the conclusion.
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AbdurRakib wrote:
Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale. The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own. And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the newsletter’s argument?

A. The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first.
B. The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion.
C. The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion.
D. The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided.
E. Both are premises, for which no evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion.

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The stem offers two conclusions - that the condo is good value for money and that the condo owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.
The second conclusion strengthens the first conclusion by giving an example of how a condo is a good value for money.
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Ans is A
Both bold face are conclusions because If question asked why BOLDFACE then 1st answer is statement after BF1, and for second the answer is given earlier than second BF
only A or C can be answer
Now comparing both boldface 1 and 2
If Ques asked why BF1 and start speaking BF2 , it will feel logical=> its supporting BF1=> answer is A
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A is the correct choice - The first boldface statement is supported by the rest of the statements in the argument, so it is the main conclusion. The second boldface supports the first, and itself is the conclusion.

AnubhavK seems like a copy paste of Verbal review explanation :- LOL though. nevermind.
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AbdurRakib wrote:
Newsletter: A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale. The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own. And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas, condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the newsletter’s argument?

A. The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first.
B. The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion.
C. The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion.
D. The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided.
E. Both are premises, for which no evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion.

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Main Conclusion - A condominium generally offers more value for its cost than an individual house because of economies of scale.

Consideration - The homeowners in a condominium association can collectively buy products and services that they could not afford on their own.

Analysis - And since a professional management company handles maintenance of common areas,

Fact Supporting Main Conclusion- condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than individual homeowners do.

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the newsletter’s argument?
A. The first is the argument’s main conclusion; the second is another conclusion supporting the first.
B. The first is a premise, for which no evidence is provided; the second is the argument’s only conclusion.
C. The first is a conclusion supporting the second; the second is the argument’s main conclusion.
D. The first is the argument’s only conclusion; the second is a premise, for which no evidence is provided.
E. Both are premises, for whichno evidence is provided, and both support the argument’s only conclusion.
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Argument Construction

Situation Homeowners in a condominium association can buy products and services collectively. A management company handles maintenance of condominium common areas.

Reasoning What roles are played in the argument by the statement that a condominium generally offers more value for its cost than a house because of economies of scale and by the statement that condominium owners spend less time and money on maintenance than owners of individual homes do? In the passage, the first sentence (the first boldface statement) is a generalization. The second sentence provides an example of the economies of scale mentioned in the first sentence, so it helps support the first sentence as a conclusion. In the third sentence, the word since indicates that the first clause is a premise supporting the second clause (the second boldface statement) as a conclusion. That conclusion itself provides another example of the economies of scale mentioned in the first sentence, so it also helps support that first sentence as a conclusion.

Option A is Correct. As explained above, the first boldface statement is supported by the rest of the statements in the argument, so it is the main conclusion. The second boldface statement supports the first, but is itself a conclusion supported by the since clause preceding it.

Option B is incorrect. The second and third sentences in the argument provide examples of economies of scale. These examples are evidence supporting the first boldface statement as a conclusion.

Option C is incorrect. Since the second boldface statement provides evidence of the economies of scale described by the first, it supports the first as a conclusion.

Option D is incorrect. The since clause immediately preceding the second boldface statement provides evidence that supports it, so the second boldface statement is a conclusion.

Option E is incorrect. Both the second and the third sentences of the argument support the first boldface statement as a conclusion. And the since clause immediately preceding the second boldface statement supports it as a conclusion.
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