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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!
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Nope, choice D is a trick. The argument stated the amount of money spent by children is as much as that spent by adults => It is about the Revenue, not the profit as choice D stated (because we did not know anything about the cost).

Choice C is more clear double negate "not incompatible" = compatible the revenue of 2 groups of customers.
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a) store manager doesn't question any evindence by owner.
b) difficult to implement - Not mentioned
c) new evidence that teenagers spend as much as adults do - meeting with owner's goal - Best choice
d) profitability not mentioned
e) manager doesn't refute any evidence

Choice C is best.

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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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manaliambhageria wrote:
Hi,
I eliminated A,B and D but was confused between C & E. I chose E over C because I gave a thought that the store manager does not imply the status quo should exist, instead it should change and there should be more youngsters coming over to the coffee shop.

Please reply as to why is C correct and E wrong as I am unable to reason it out.

Option C:
Status quo means the current condition. The current condition ( i.e. more teenagers coming in, and adults stopping to come ) is not incompatible with the owner’s goal (of making more profit). The new evidence shown is: teenagers spend as much as adults do, and there are more customers. Thus the profit has already increased, and they will continue to be higher than it was before such change, if the current situation prevails. Thus C is correct.
(Note: The term "maximize" may not be ideal.)

Option E: The pronoun "that" refers to evidence. The store manager does not refute the evidence (more teenagers coming in) that is provided by the owner, rather the manager agrees with it - he refutes the conclusion (profits will decrease) of the owner.

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21 May 2008, 08:58
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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, 09:10
yup D for me too

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21 May 2008, 09:27
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, 12:04
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, 12:12
D as well.

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21 May 2008, 12:50
why hasnt anyone said C yet ?

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why hasnt anyone said C yet ?

hehe yeah C does sounds good too

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21 May 2008, 13:14
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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, 13:16
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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, 13:35
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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, 14:26
i didnt pick D because to me, the "profitable" part wasnt conclusive ... i dunno

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21 May 2008, 15:38
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.

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, 17:18
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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!

E for me!
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25 May 2008, 15:55
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, 04:43
C for me!!!

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