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# People waste a surprising amount of money on gadgets and

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People waste a surprising amount of money on gadgets and doodads that they hardly ever use. For example, my brother spent \$25 on an electric ice-cream maker two years ago, but he has used it on only three occasions. Yet, he insists that regardless of the number of times he actually uses the ice-cream maker, the investment was a good one because ___________.

Which of the following best completes the thought of the paragraph?

A. the price of ice cream will go up in the future
B. he has purchased the ice-cream maker for the convenience of having it available if and when he needs it
C. in a society that is oriented toward consumer goods, one should take every opportunity to acquire things
D. today \$25 is not worth what it was two years ago on account of the inflation rate
E. by using it so infrequently he has conserved a considerable amount of electrical energy
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21 Oct 2012, 23:57
Answer should be B. Only this option correlates with the fact that the investment was still meaningful regardless of the number of times the machine was used.
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22 Oct 2012, 00:31
B.

A. the price of ice cream will go up in the future -- out of scope.
B. he has purchased the ice-cream maker for the convenience of having it available if and when he needs it -- ANSWER
C. in a society that is oriented toward consumer goods, one should take every opportunity to acquire things -- seems like a general answer and not specific one
D. today \$25 is not worth what it was two years ago on account of the inflation rate -- yes but you still need to use the device so that the item is a good investment.
E. by using it so infrequently he has conserved a considerable amount of electrical energy -- Yes but it depends on the usage of the device.

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