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# One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its

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One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.
If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.
(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward.
(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong.
(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997
(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.

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05 Jul 2009, 08:56
A?

The only way HK can remain a part of mainland China is if it's useful/prosperous. If it isn't prosperous, then it won't be a part of mainland China. This seems to be the only logical choice here.

B, C, and D all make predictions about the prosperity of HK in the future. But there's nothing in the stimulus to indicate anything about the future prosperity of HK.

There is nothing in the stimulus to say that E would be true.
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05 Jul 2009, 09:10
I am with B

If HK is lives with capitalist ways, HK will be allowed to remain with capitalist ways. Straight B!
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07 Jul 2009, 10:43
A IMO
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.

reasoning:
HK is prosperous if it remains capitalist.
HK will become part of China if it is prosperous.
If HK is not prosperous, it won't become part of China.
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08 Jul 2009, 02:59
Premises
Hong Kong after 1997
if HK retain capitalist way => prosperous => useful to China => allowed to retain capitalist ways

Now in (b)
If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997 => it will remain useful to China => retain capitalist ways. ==> will be allowed to do the same after 1997 as per the premises.

Hence, Ans is B.

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One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.
If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.
(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward.
(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong.
(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997
(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.

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Updated on: 08 Jul 2009, 10:32
Certainly A for the same reason as given by Natia.
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Originally posted by bigoyal on 08 Jul 2009, 04:41.
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08 Jul 2009, 06:28
bigoyal wrote:
Certainly A for the same reason as given by sudeep.

you must be refring to B right
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08 Jul 2009, 09:33
i'd go for B

the first sentence mentions 'hong kong can retain its capitalist ways' inferring that it can continue in an uninterrupted way post 1997.

i wouldn't go for A as all the passage is saying to me is that if hong kong does not remain prosperous, china will not allow it to retain its capitalist ways but not necessarily reject it as part of mainland china
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08 Jul 2009, 10:34
sudeep wrote:
bigoyal wrote:
Certainly A for the same reason as given by sudeep.

you must be refring to B right

I updated my answer by changing the pointer. I still vote for A.
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09 Jul 2009, 01:10
There is no reference to Hong kong being not a part of China.
It clearly state that after 1997, Hong kong will be a part of china.

Only issue here is whether Hong Kong will be able to continue its communist way.
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09 Jul 2009, 01:56
bigoyal wrote:
sudeep wrote:
bigoyal wrote:
Certainly A for the same reason as given by sudeep.

you must be refring to B right

I updated my answer by changing the pointer. I still vote for A.

Oh yeh! Sudeep is right, I also meant B
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09 Jul 2009, 09:11
i would also go for B.
Sudeep seems to be bang on with the reasoning.

sudeep wrote:
Premises
Hong Kong after 1997
if HK retain capitalist way => prosperous => useful to China => allowed to retain capitalist ways

Now in (b)
If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997 => it will remain useful to China => retain capitalist ways. ==> will be allowed to do the same after 1997 as per the premises.

Hence, Ans is B.

acer2knight wrote:
One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.
If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.
(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward.
(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong.
(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997
(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.

sudeep wrote:
There is no reference to Hong kong being not a part of China.
It clearly state that after 1997, Hong kong will be a part of china.

Only issue here is whether Hong Kong will be able to continue its communist way.
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14 Jul 2009, 00:21
reason for eliminating A ?? pls share your reasoning ..
sudeep wrote:
Premises
Hong Kong after 1997
if HK retain capitalist way => prosperous => useful to China => allowed to retain capitalist ways

Now in (b)
If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997 => it will remain useful to China => retain capitalist ways. ==> will be allowed to do the same after 1997 as per the premises.

Hence, Ans is B.

acer2knight wrote:
One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.
If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.
(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward.
(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong.
(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997
(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.

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24 Aug 2009, 10:52
One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.

If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?

(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.

(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward.

(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong.

(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997.

(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.
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24 Aug 2009, 11:45
IMO D

Hong Kong is -> Captalist if is -> Useful to China and will be -> Prosperous if -> Hong Kong is -> Capitalist and is -> Useful to China... etc etc.

It looks to be a complete chain. As long as nothing is thrown into the chain all above variables will be true.

A - No alternative mentioned in facts
B - "Allowed" is not mentioned in facts - "can retain" is. I don't consider these synonyms. Cannot be infered
C - Cannot be inferred
D - Completes the circuit!
E - No restrictions as circuit is complete
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24 Aug 2009, 12:02
I don't like the wording of allowed in this case since the verb "retain" leads me to believe it is Hong Kong's choice on whether or not it is capitalist.

But looking at D again - it is not correct as it does not mention whether the chain is broken before 1997. The date of the analysts predictions aren't given - could be 1995

If Hong Kong is not prosperous or capitalist prior to 1997 we can't infer it will be prosperous afterwards.

That makes B the lesser of the evils.
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24 Aug 2009, 18:08
D,

the passage says hongkong WILL REMAIN prosperous if it retains its capitalist ways, which suggest it is already prosperous, which, according to the passage, will make hongkong useful to china, and which suggests that china will allow hongkong to retain its capitalist ways, which suggest hongkong will be prosperous even after 1997.

wow, totally missed this one....
after reading the OA and the question again, being able to retain its capitalist ways is the prerequisite for everything...not hongkong is prosperous...so B would be the logical answer, if hongkong remains capitalist, then it will be prosperous, then will be useful to china then blah blah...
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24 Aug 2009, 23:59
One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China;

This can be diagrammed as

(1) capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous;

(2) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China

joining (1) and (2)

(3) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.

(4) it retains capitalist ways ---> Hong Kong will remain prosperous

joining (3) and (4)

it retains capitalist ways --->Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Conclusion
If Hong kong retains capitalist ways, it can keep them after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Answer choice B is exactly this
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25 Oct 2013, 10:58
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China;

This can be diagrammed as

(1) capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous;

(2) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China

joining (1) and (2)

(3) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.

(4) it retains capitalist ways ---> Hong Kong will remain prosperous

joining (3) and (4)

it retains capitalist ways --->Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Conclusion
If Hong kong retains capitalist ways, it can keep them after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Answer choice B is exactly this

Hey guys,

OA of this one is clearly B.
This basically a sequence and we need to go from the end until the beginning. This one is solved kinda reading the argument backwards.
B is exactly the answer choice that we are looking for and will respect the logic sequence.

Hence (B)
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24 Dec 2016, 09:13
I will go with A.

If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.

What is the OA.
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