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# Politician: the political situation between Countries X and Y is explo

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14 Jun 2018, 20:03
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Politician: the political situation between Countries X and Y is explosive and may pose a serious threat to the stability of the entire region. My concern is founded both on the intelligence reports we have received and on the saddening end of negotiations between the respective ministers of foreign affairs. The suggested peace talks may be helpful, but I remain concerned.

In the argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is an assumption drawing on following pieces of evidence; the second is a consideration against the opinion of the argument's author.

B. The first is a fact resulting from following facts; the second is the conclusion of the argument.

C. The first is an inference; the second is a consideration in favor of the conclusion of the argument.

D. The first is a fact which enhances following facts; the second is a prediction.

E. The first is a conclusion drawing on following pieces of evidence; the second is a consideration against the opinion of the argument's author.

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The only difference between A and E is that A describes the conclusion as an assumption. Assumptions are necessary parts of the argument that have NOT been stated, so nothing in the argument will ever be an assumption. The only way that might be the answer would be if the author explicitly made it clear that their conclusion would be true ONLY IF this other piece were true.
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14 Jun 2018, 21:54
Imo E
Iam actually consfused between A & E
The first line sounds more as a conclusion than an assumption

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15 Jun 2018, 00:38
Nishanth1302 wrote:
Imo E
Iam actually consfused between A & E
The first line sounds more as a conclusion than an assumption

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Yes even I am confused between A&E
IMO E, considering first statement as conclusion because the author's concern is the effect of the causes/evidences mentioned in the following statements. As per my understanding assumption should be one of the causes to draw a conclusion but not effect of a cause.

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15 Jun 2018, 00:56
I will go with E. The first statement is not an assumption. That rules out A.
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15 Jun 2018, 11:21
IMO E

The first BF is the conclusion that is supported by the two facts/evidences. The second is a suggestion/possible solution that the author does not consider valuable.
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16 Jun 2018, 22:45
Though i chose E, please explain a solid reasoning to eliminate E. Because my reasoning for E was no better than that for A. DmitryFarber GMATNinja TommyWallach egmat mikemcgarry
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