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Pundit: Many people blame the construction of retail locations by major corporation for the decline in locally owned bookstores over the past ten years. Yet clearly, online sales of books have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, sales by online retailers of books have risen sharply and surveys of consumer behavior have indicated that many purchasers of books online, if convenient online options had not been available to them, would otherwise have purchased books at a local bookstore.

In the pundit's argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

(A) It is the main conclusion of the argument.
(B) It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.
(C) It is an explanation that the argument concludes is correct.
(D) It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.
(E) It introduces a judgement that the argument opposes.

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I chose B. Don't know how OA is correct. E says that "It introduces a judgement that the argument opposes.", however, argument never seems to oppose it in any way. It just supports another factor [Online sales] along with establishment of retail locations.

B is on the other hand states that " It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.". Surely, the reader expects an explanation for the first line. The word "finding" however seems to be odd here since it is just an opinion and not a finding. I chose B coz I couldn't find any better option.

Any Official explanation ?
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I chose B. Don't know how OA is correct. E says that "It introduces a judgement that the argument opposes.", however, argument never seems to oppose it in any way. It just supports another factor [Online sales] along with establishment of retail locations.

B is on the other hand states that " It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.". Surely, the reader expects an explanation for the first line. The word "finding" however seems to be odd here since it is just an opinion and not a finding. I chose B coz I couldn't find any better option.

Any Official explanation ?


RaghavSingla .. Hi !!

The word Judgement is justified because the boldface part starts with - "Many people blame ", Blame is a kind of judgement one makes, right or wrong irrespective.

In CR questions, "seeks to explain" phrasing is open ended phrasing - seeks to explain for the argument or seeks to explain against the argument.
Hence the first part of the statement is critical.
In choice B, It says "a finding" - This may be true if the argument started with -"A survey revealed, that the construction"

Hope this resolves the query.
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RaghavSingla wrote:
I chose B. Don't know how OA is correct. E says that "It introduces a judgement that the argument opposes.", however, argument never seems to oppose it in any way. It just supports another factor [Online sales] along with establishment of retail locations.

B is on the other hand states that " It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.". Surely, the reader expects an explanation for the first line. The word "finding" however seems to be odd here since it is just an opinion and not a finding. I chose B coz I couldn't find any better option.

Any Official explanation ?


RaghavSingla .. Hi !!

The word Judgement is justified because the boldface part starts with - "Many people blame ", Blame is a kind of judgement one makes, right or wrong irrespective.

In CR questions, "seeks to explain" phrasing is open ended phrasing - seeks to explain for the argument or seeks to explain against the argument.
Hence the first part of the statement is critical.
In choice B, It says "a finding" - This may be true if the argument started with -"A survey revealed, that the construction"

Hope this resolves the query.





Hi,

I understood the explanation for the word 'judgement'. However, where is the argument opposing that judgement? The argument never opposed the establishment of retail locations. Where I am wrong?
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RaghavSingla wrote:
Nightfury14 wrote:
RaghavSingla wrote:
I chose B. Don't know how OA is correct. E says that "It introduces a judgement that the argument opposes.", however, argument never seems to oppose it in any way. It just supports another factor [Online sales] along with establishment of retail locations.

B is on the other hand states that " It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.". Surely, the reader expects an explanation for the first line. The word "finding" however seems to be odd here since it is just an opinion and not a finding. I chose B coz I couldn't find any better option.

Any Official explanation ?


RaghavSingla .. Hi !!

The word Judgement is justified because the boldface part starts with - "Many people blame ", Blame is a kind of judgement one makes, right or wrong irrespective.

In CR questions, "seeks to explain" phrasing is open ended phrasing - seeks to explain for the argument or seeks to explain against the argument.
Hence the first part of the statement is critical.
In choice B, It says "a finding" - This may be true if the argument started with -"A survey revealed, that the construction"

Hope this resolves the query.


Hi,

I understood the explanation for the word 'judgement'. However, where is the argument opposing that judgement? The argument never opposed the establishment of retail locations. Where I am wrong?


I understand where you are coming from.
Oppose here refers to - The rest of the non-bold face argument disagrees with the judgement. This is highlighted in the passage.

Many people blame the construction of retail locations by major corporation for the decline in locally owned bookstores over the past ten years. Yet clearly, online sales of books have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, sales by online retailers of books have risen sharply and surveys of consumer behavior have indicated that many purchasers of books online, if convenient online options had not been available to them, would otherwise have purchased books at a local bookstore.
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b/w B and E , E wins as it is a judgement made by the Pundit.
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RaghavSingla wrote:
I chose B. Don't know how OA is correct. E says that "It introduces a judgement that the argument opposes.", however, argument never seems to oppose it in any way. It just supports another factor [Online sales] along with establishment of retail locations.

B is on the other hand states that " It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.". Surely, the reader expects an explanation for the first line. The word "finding" however seems to be odd here since it is just an opinion and not a finding. I chose B coz I couldn't find any better option.

Any Official explanation ?


Consider this way: The underlined part states that X caused Y. The rest of the argument states that Z (something other than X) causes Y. This is a very frequent logic chain used in GMAT.

X causes Y is weakened by Z causes Y.

(Here X = construction of retail location,
Y= decline in locally owned book shops,
Z = online sales of book ).

Having that said, even then option E seems to be problematic because of the word "also" in "online sales of books have ALSO played an important role in this decline". This part suggests that the author does not oppose but rather supports that X caused Y.

If the word "also" were not there, then the explanation (why E is correct) would be well-reasoned.
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