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Over time, phrases in the English language that were once

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Over time, phrases in the English language that were once widespread, such as “the cat’s pajamas,” fall out of general use and cease to be taught in English classes. Government agencies set the standards for educational curricula in many subjects, including English, to which schools must adhere. Since English teachers teach only those topics mandated by government curriculum standards, and students generally learn only those uses of language taught by English teachers, the use and understanding of older phrases could be lost. Therefore, the government educational agencies should require the inclusion in educational curriculum of once-popular usages of the English language that are no longer in widespread use.

Which of the following roles is performed by the bolded phrase in the argument above?
A) It summarizes the position advocated by the author of the argument.
B) It states a premise supporting the conclusion, but which itself is unsupported.
C) It presents a subsidiary conclusion that supports the position of the author.
D) It provides support for a conclusion stated earlier in the argument.
E) It provides a specific example of the general position used to support the conclusion.

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05 Jul 2011, 06:50
I don't know what the correct answer is, but I chose (C). The passage doesn't seem to summarize the author's position, which is that the Government should require the teaching of once popular phrases. So, (A) was eliminated. (B) doesn't seem to be a premise, but a conclusion following from the preceding independent clauses. (D) doesn't provide any support for an earlier conclusion. (E) The bolded doesn't provide provide a SPECIFIC example, it is more of a general possibility.

Thus, I selected (C). It is a conclusion, but not the main conclusion.
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05 Jul 2011, 08:43
I will also go for c.

a) This is not the main position. The main position is that government agencies should prescribe teaching of old phrases.

b) it is a opinion so it cannot be premise.

c) I will chose this because the statement is definitely sub-conclusion. The main conclusion comes in next line. Therefore....

d)earlier there was no conclusion offered.

e)the word could represents a 'chance' not really an example.
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05 Jul 2011, 10:15
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Over time, phrases in the English language that were once widespread, such as “the cat’s pajamas,” fall out of general use and cease to be taught in English classes. Government agencies set the standards for educational curricula in many subjects, including English, to which schools must adhere. Since English teachers teach only those topics mandated by government curriculum standards, and students generally learn only those uses of language taught by English teachers, the use and understanding of older phrases could be lost. Therefore, the government educational agencies should require the inclusion in educational curriculum of once-popular usages of the English language that are no longer in widespread use.

Which of the following roles is performed by the bolded phrase in the argument above?
A) It summarizes the position advocated by the author of the argument.
B) It states a premise supporting the conclusion, but which itself is unsupported.
C) It presents a subsidiary conclusion that supports the position of the author.
D) It provides support for a conclusion stated earlier in the argument.
E) It provides a specific example of the general position used to support the conclusion.

A. it doesn't summarize the position.
B. the 1st part is fine, but 2nd part is not favorable for this option to be correct.
C. yes it is a subsidiary conclusion that supports what the author is trying to say.
D. again 1st part is fine but 2nd part- don't think there is any conclusion earlier in the argument.
E. if that example would have been bold, then i would have choose this.. but the statement in bold, itself is not a specific example.
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05 Jul 2011, 19:52
C for me as well. What is the OA?

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05 Jul 2011, 20:06
OA is C
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08 Jul 2011, 02:19
Boldface is a conclusion indeed. C is the ans
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