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# On average, American consumers buy a new computer every four years eve

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On average, American consumers buy a new computer every four years even though older computers are still perfectly capable of basic operations such as word processing and surfing the Internet. This is the case despite the fact that most computers are designed to work for approximately ten years.

The statements above, if true, best support which of the following as a conclusion?

A. Computers ought to be designed to break down more quickly than is presently the case.

B. Computers utilizing the latest technology represent substantial functional upgrades from earlier computers.

C. A significant market exists for computer that are no longer used by their original owners.

D. Improved manufacturing techniques have led to computers lasting longer than was possible in the past.

E. American consumers are motivated to purchase new computers by some combination of factors other than their current computer's ability to perform basic functions.
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13 Jul 2018, 07:31
On average, American consumers buy a new computer every four years even though older computers are still perfectly capable of basic operations such as word processing and surfing the Internet. This is the case despite the fact that most computers are designed to work for approximately ten years.

So there must be some other reason why American consumers buy new computer every 4 years even though existing computer can do required basic function and has life of 10 years.

E) matches our prethinking

IMO E)

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On average, American consumers buy a new computer every four years even though older computers are still perfectly capable of basic operations such as word processing and surfing the Internet. This is the case despite the fact that most computers are designed to work for approximately ten years.

Type- Inference

A. Computers ought to be designed to break down more quickly than is presently the case.- Incorrect

B. Computers utilizing the latest technology represent substantial functional upgrades from earlier computers. - Incorrect - this may be true but Need not be true - the upgrades might be minimal

C. A significant market exists for computer that are no longer used by their original owners. - Incorrect - this may be true or the older computers are discarded as junk

D. Improved manufacturing techniques have led to computers lasting longer than was possible in the past. - Incorrect - this maybe true or maybe because of improved design etc

E. American consumers are motivated to purchase new computers by some combination of factors other than their current computer's ability to perform basic functions.- Correct

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15 Jul 2018, 06:14
A. Computers ought to be designed to break down more quickly than is presently the case. - incorrect.

B. Computers utilizing the latest technology represent substantial functional upgrades from earlier computers. - looks like a valid contender. But, is OOS because it talks about computers representing latest technology....we are not told anything about the fact that new computers are coming up with any new technology have functional upgrades.

C. A significant market exists for computer that are no longer used by their original owners. - OOS.

D. Improved manufacturing techniques have led to computers lasting longer than was possible in the past. - OOS.

E. American consumers are motivated to purchase new computers by some combination of factors other than their current computer's ability to perform basic functions - for sure. Correct.

Thus, E is best.

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19 Feb 2019, 04:02
The correct answer choice should support the idea that there are factors other than ability of a computer to last for ten years and its ability to perform basic functions which influence the trend mentioned in the passage.

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