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# Owner of JavaJoint: Over the past year, the coffee store has

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Owner of JavaJoint: Over the past year, the coffee store has become a daily hang-out for more and more teenagers. Many of our adult customers do not appear comfortable with this kind of crowd and some of them have told me that they will no longer stop here for a coffee drink. Since my goal is to maximize our revenue, I want you to discourage teenagers from coming here and start cultivating a more adult crowd.

Store manager: Are you sure? On average, each teenager spends just as much as the average adult does, and we have far more new customers than we have lost over the past year.

The store manager responds to the owner by _____

(A) questioning the veracity of owner’s evidence
(B) arguing that it would be difficult to implement the owner’s directive
(C) offering new evidence implying that the status quo is not incompatible with the owner’s goal
(D) demonstrating that the average teenage customer is as profitable as the average adult customer
(E) offering new evidence refuting that presented by the owner

I just did not understand this question at all please explain me this one...thanks!
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
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21 May 2008, 09:58
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Owner of JavaJoint: Over the past year, the coffee store has become a daily hang-out for more and more teenagers. Many of our adult customers do not appear comfortable with this kind of crowd and some of them have told me that they will no longer stop here for a coffee drink. Since my goal is to maximize our revenue, I want you to discourage teenagers from coming here and start cultivating a more adult crowd.

Store manager: Are you sure? On average, each teenager spends just as much as the average adult does, and we have far more new customers than we have lost over the past year.

The store manager responds to the owner by _____

questioning the veracity of owner’s evidence

arguing that it would be difficult to implement the owner’s directive

offering new evidence implying that the status quo is not incompatible with the owner’s goal

demonstrating that the average teenage customer is as profitable as the average adult customer

offering new evidence refuting that presented by the owner

I just did not understand this question at all please explain me this one...thanks!

D...pretty straight for me.
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21 May 2008, 10:10
yup D for me too
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21 May 2008, 10:27
D may be the best choice, but I am not exactly sure if the store manager actually "demonstrated" that teenagers spend just as much.
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21 May 2008, 13:04
bepositive wrote:
Owner of JavaJoint: Over the past year, the coffee store has become a daily hang-out for more and more teenagers. Many of our adult customers do not appear comfortable with this kind of crowd and some of them have told me that they will no longer stop here for a coffee drink. Since my goal is to maximize our revenue, I want you to discourage teenagers from coming here and start cultivating a more adult crowd.

Store manager: Are you sure? On average, each teenager spends just as much as the average adult does, and we have far more new customers than we have lost over the past year.

The store manager responds to the owner by _____

questioning the veracity of owner’s evidence

arguing that it would be difficult to implement the owner’s directive

offering new evidence implying that the status quo is not incompatible with the owner’s goal

demonstrating that the average teenage customer is as profitable as the average adult customer

offering new evidence refuting that presented by the owner

I just did not understand this question at all please explain me this one...thanks!

D and E come close.

D looks good, but how is the manager sure about the profitability. Teenagers might be spending as much as the adults, but that doesn't mean that the average teenager is as profitable as an average adult customer.

E looks like the best choice. The manager offers new evidence to the owner.
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21 May 2008, 13:12
D as well.
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21 May 2008, 13:50
why hasnt anyone said C yet ?
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21 May 2008, 13:53
pmenon wrote:
why hasnt anyone said C yet ?

Is C the right answer?
hehe yeah C does sounds good too
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21 May 2008, 14:14
pmenon wrote:
why hasnt anyone said C yet ?

I believe you are right. When I look back, I realise that the manager doesn't give any evidence that refutes owner's evidence. The owner's evidence is that some of the adult customers told him that they will no longer come to the store. The manager doesn't give any evidence to refute this claim.
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21 May 2008, 14:16
pmenon wrote:
why hasnt anyone said C yet ?

I didn't pick C because, to me, "offering new evidence" sounds like a concrete tangible evidence - like a murder weapon. In this case, the store manager didn't offer any evidence, but offer an analysis of existing evidence.

I dunno, maybe the word "evidence" can refer to the outcome of the analysis...
How do you guys interpret "offering new evidence"?
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21 May 2008, 14:35
bkk145 wrote:
pmenon wrote:
why hasnt anyone said C yet ?

I didn't pick C because, to me, "offering new evidence" sounds like a concrete tangible evidence - like a murder weapon. In this case, the store manager didn't offer any evidence, but offer an analysis of existing evidence.

I dunno, maybe the word "evidence" can refer to the outcome of the analysis...
How do you guys interpret "offering new evidence"?

each teenager spends just as much as the average adult does, and we have far more new customers than we have lost over the past year

these are the two evidences that the manager presents.
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21 May 2008, 15:26
i didnt pick D because to me, the "profitable" part wasnt conclusive ... i dunno
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21 May 2008, 16:38
You can eliminate B,D and E.
D is a shell answer choice. The kind that I might have fallen for on a bad day.
D talks about profit while the store-manager only talks about spending.

So that leaves A and C.
A cannot be the answer since the store manager does not comment on the truthfulness of the owner's evidence.
So C.
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21 May 2008, 17:24
C sounds good at first, but if you read it carefully

offering new evidence implying that the status quo is not incompatible with the owner’s goal

"not incompatible" is a double negative that equals to "compatible"

offering new evidence implying that the status quo is compatible with the owner’s goal

"status quo" refers to adult customers.
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21 May 2008, 18:18
bepositive wrote:
Owner of JavaJoint: Over the past year, the coffee store has become a daily hang-out for more and more teenagers. Many of our adult customers do not appear comfortable with this kind of crowd and some of them have told me that they will no longer stop here for a coffee drink. Since my goal is to maximize our revenue, I want you to discourage teenagers from coming here and start cultivating a more adult crowd.

Store manager: Are you sure? On average, each teenager spends just as much as the average adult does, and we have far more new customers than we have lost over the past year.

The store manager responds to the owner by _____

questioning the veracity of owner’s evidence

arguing that it would be difficult to implement the owner’s directive

offering new evidence implying that the status quo is not incompatible with the owner’s goal

demonstrating that the average teenage customer is as profitable as the average adult customer

offering new evidence refuting that presented by the owner

I just did not understand this question at all please explain me this one...thanks!

E for me!
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25 May 2008, 16:55
I've seen this one before - I think on the MGMAT tests - I went for C then. I wont change it now

I believe the OA is C as well.
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26 May 2008, 05:43
C for me!!!
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26 May 2008, 09:53
I think it is E.
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Owner of JavaJoint: Over the past year, the coffee store has become a daily hang-out for more and more teenagers. Many of our adult customers do not appear comfortable with this kind of crowd and some of them have told me that they will no longer stop here for a coffee drink. Since my goal is to maximize our revenue, I want you to discourage teenagers from coming here and start cultivating a more adult crowd.

Store manager: Are you sure? On average, each teenager spends just as much as the average adult does, and we have far more new customers than we have lost over the past year.

The store manager responds to the owner by _____

questioning the veracity of owner’s evidence - he is not questioning the veracity of the evidence.

arguing that it would be difficult to implement the owner’s directive - he is definetly not arguing

offering new evidence implying that the status quo is not incompatible with the owner’s goal - this is the answer

demonstrating that the average teenage customer is as profitable as the average adult customer - Comes close but doesnt talk about new customers

offering new evidence refuting that presented by the owner - doesnt present any new evidence.

I just did not understand this question at all please explain me this one...thanks!

Option C can be restated like this "offering new evidence implying that the status quo is compatible with the owner’s goal "

Two negatives( not & incompatible) cancel each other out.
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01 Jun 2010, 07:00
I will go with C. What is the OA?
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