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One variety of partially biodegradable plastic beverage container is manufactured from small bits of plastic bound together by a degradable bonding agent such as cornstarch. Since only the bonding agent degrades, leaving the small bits of plastic, no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such containers are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

(A) Both partially biodegradable and nonbiodegradable plastic beverage containers can be crushed completely flat by refuse compactors.
(B) The partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers are made with more plastic than comparable nonbiodegradable ones in order to compensate for the weakening effect of the bounding agents.
(C) Many consumers are ecology-minded and prefer to buy a product sold in the partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers rather than in nonbiodegradable containers, even if the price is higher.
(D) The manufacturing process for the partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers results in less plastic waste than the manufacturing process for nonbiodegradable plastic beverage containers.
(E) Technological problems with recycling currently prevent the reuse as food or beverage containers of the plastic from either type of plastic beverage container.
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B it is...

any point that proves that biodegradable containers will yield as much as or more plastic than non-bio... container will be the answer.

The other answers are either out of scope and unrelated or contradictory.

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New post 12 Jun 2006, 10:24
Should be B.

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B clear winner...
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Can anyone pls explain..How 'B' strengthens the argument...

B - is an assumption.

The argument talks about 'plastic refuse'

no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such containers are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded.

I will go for 'D'. It reinstates the above argument with a more clearer definition.

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The conclusion of the argument says : you do not throw less plastic away with the bio one than with the normal when you discard them. But to explain this it only says that plastic and cornstarch are used, it does not say that more plastic is actually in the bottle. But B tells us that !
So B does strengthens the argument.

I also did not have the right vision before Veritas prepcourse, but a very important point is that an assumption strengthens an argument. Even if it only strengthens it a little bit, if it is the one which stengthens it the more compared to the other 4, it is enough.

D tells us about the waste of plastic during the manufacturing process, not about the plastic of the bottle itself, on which you should focus, as the argument focuses on the refuse (=garbage) => D is out of scope.

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Hi marclopato,

Thank you for your explanation and the tip assumption strengthens an argument .

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B is the correct answer that strenthens the argument.

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New post 13 Jun 2006, 05:41
If I remember correctly, I think the OA is B because even though product is partially biodegradable, more plastic was used to make it
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yup,

It's B.

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OA and OE Please...

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Thanks guys.

OA is B.

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The information that strengthens the arguement will be about the subjects of the arguement, not about tangential issues. In this case, discovering that the partially biodegradable containers use more plastic than comparable non-biodegradable one in order to compensate for the weakness of the biodegradable bonding agent would strengthen the arguement.

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Thank you for posting the OE..

We also get to hear the original questionares explanation..

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One variety of partially biodegradable plastic beverage container is manufactured from small bits of plastic bound together by a degradable bonding agent such as cornstarch. Since only the bonding agent degrades, leaving the small bits of plastic, no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such container are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded.

Which of the following, if true, most weak strengthens the arguement above?

(A)Both partially biodegradable and non-biodegradable plastic beverage containers can be crushed completely flat by refuse compactors.
(B)The partially biodegradable plastic beverage container are made with more plastic than comparable nonbiodegradable ones in order to compensate for the weakening effect of the bonding agents.
(C)Many consumers are ecology-minded and prefer to buy a product sold in partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers rather than in nonbiodegradable containers, even if the price is higher.
(D)The manufacturing process for partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers results in less plastic than the manufacturing plastic beverage containers.
(E) Technological problems with recycling currently prevent the reuse as food or beverage containers of the plastic from either type of plastic beverage container.

help me understand the question please. this makes me irritate because most of the time i mark wrong answers. can nybody help me out in these type of questions.


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Conclusion: Biodegradable (B) and non- biodegradable (NB) containers generate same amount of plastic waste per container

Weakens conclusion:

(A)Both partially biodegradable and non-biodegradable plastic beverage containers can be crushed completely flat by refuse compactors [The argument is about plastic waste per container (Biodegradable (B) and non- biodegradable (NB)). Therefore this is completely irrelevant to the argument – Eliminate it]
(B)The partially biodegradable plastic beverage container is made with more plastic than comparable non-biodegradable ones in order to compensate for the weakening effect of the bonding agents [weakens the argument that both B and N-B generates same waste per container - hold it].
(C)Many consumers are ecology-minded and prefer to buy a product sold in partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers rather than in non-biodegradable containers, even if the price is higher. [This argument is not about consumer buying habits – Eliminate it]
(D)The manufacturing process for partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers results in less plastic than the manufacturing plastic beverage containers. [This argument is not about manufacturing process of Biodegradable OR non- biodegradable – Eliminate it]
(E) Technological problems with recycling currently prevent the reuse as food or beverage containers of the plastic from either type of plastic beverage container. [ Technological usage or problems are definately out of the scope of the argument – Eliminate it]

Answer: B

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New post 23 Jan 2008, 05:07
vermatanya wrote:
One variety of partially biodegradable plastic beverage container is manufactured from small bits of plastic bound together by a degradable bonding agent such as cornstarch. Since only the bonding agent degrades, leaving the small bits of plastic, no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such container are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded.

Which of the following, if true, most weak strengthens the arguement above?

(A)Both partially biodegradable and non-biodegradable plastic beverage containers can be crushed completely flat by refuse compactors.
(B)The partially biodegradable plastic beverage container are made with more plastic than comparable nonbiodegradable ones in order to compensate for the weakening effect of the bonding agents.
(C)Many consumers are ecology-minded and prefer to buy a product sold in partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers rather than in nonbiodegradable containers, even if the price is higher.
(D)The manufacturing process for partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers results in less plastic than the manufacturing plastic beverage containers.
(E) Technological problems with recycling currently prevent the reuse as food or beverage containers of the plastic from either type of plastic beverage container.

help me understand the question please. this makes me irritate because most of the time i mark wrong answers. can nybody help me out in these type of questions.


-thanx


we must find a reason for what both types generate the same plastic refuse. I was tricked by E because the result is that recycling doesn't occurr...but we care for only the amount of plastic, thus B is best.

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New post 23 Jan 2008, 09:09
The question is wrong.

"Most weak strengthens the argument?"

What is weak strengthen?

If its strengthen - then the answer is B
If its weaken - then the answer is D

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New post 23 Jan 2008, 14:42
sterny wrote:
The question is wrong.

"Most weak strengthens the argument?"

What is weak strengthen?

If its strengthen - then the answer is B
If its weaken - then the answer is D


I second that I got the same answers for both

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Weakens:
Conclusion is that " no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such container are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded."

"D": This indicates that the conclusion isn't true, because for partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers results in less plastic than the manufacturing plastic beverage containers. So it's not same as the conclusion says.

Strengthens:
Conclusion is that " no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such container are discarded than when comparable non biodegradable containers are discarded."

"B": This supports the conclusion that using partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers is not going to result in less plastic refuse because already it needs more plastic in order to compensate for the weak bonding agents.

Please Post the OA.

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Weakens:
Conclusion is that " no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such container are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded."

"D": This indicates that the conclusion isn't true, because for partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers results in less plastic than the manufacturing plastic beverage containers. So it's not same as the conclusion says.

I think "comparable nonbiodegradable" is not the same as "manufacturing plastic". The latter one does not say whether it is biodegradable or not? It is out side of the comparison here.

Strengthens:
Conclusion is that " no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such container are discarded than when comparable non biodegradable containers are discarded."

"B": This supports the conclusion that using partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers is not going to result in less plastic refuse because already it needs more plastic in order to compensate for the weak bonding agents.

Please Post the OA.

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