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# Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of

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Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales department, because without successful sales sales the company as a whole would fail.

Ed: There are several departments other than sales that must also function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

Ed criticizes Ravi's argument by pointing out:

A) That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.

B) The ambiguity of the term "highest priority"

C) That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.

D) An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.

E) That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.

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18 Mar 2010, 12:01
GMATFIGHTER wrote:
Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales department, because without successful sales sales the company as a whole would fail.

Ed: There are several departments other than sales that must also function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

Ed criticizes Ravi's argument by pointing out:

A) That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.

B) The ambiguity of the term "highest priority"

C) That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.

D) An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.

E) That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.

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Answer D for reasons marked in red.
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20 Mar 2010, 21:43
GMATFIGHTER wrote:
Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales department, because without successful sales sales the company as a whole would fail.

Ed: There are several departments other than sales that must also function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

Ed criticizes Ravi's argument by pointing out:

A) That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.
(did not happen)

B) The ambiguity of the term "highest priority"
(no ambiguity)

C) That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.
("...other than sales that must also..." equally important not more so)

D) An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.
("It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them." --- the absurd consequence)

E) That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.
(not happening)

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04 May 2010, 04:39
IMO A.

Ed is showing other deptt case to prove his stand the sale deptt is not the most critical one for Highest priority.

GMATFIGHTER wrote:
Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales department, because without successful sales sales the company as a whole would fail.

Ed: There are several departments other than sales that must also function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

Ed criticizes Ravi's argument by pointing out:

A) That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.

B) The ambiguity of the term "highest priority"

C) That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.

D) An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.

E) That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.

Thanks

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04 May 2010, 08:57
GMATFIGHTER wrote:
Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales department, because without successful sales sales the company as a whole would fail.

Ed: There are several departments other than sales that must also function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

Ed criticizes Ravi's argument by pointing out:

A) That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.

B) The ambiguity of the term "highest priority"

C) That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.

D) An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.

E) That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.

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I pick 'B'. ravi's idea of firms highest priority to the sales dept based on its success wthout which the company wil fail. Ed counters 'other dept's success is also neccessary for companies success so they shud too be given highest priority. Defining higher priority term is ambiguous.

'A' talks about sales dept being critical we talking about dept's success not its critical status.

'D' is close , I dint like the word 'Absurd'. Ed does not compltly deny Ravi's argument, he agrees with it and counters by questioning Ravis argumnt himself.

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04 May 2010, 14:10
what is the OA?
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04 May 2010, 14:39
GMATFIGHTER wrote:
Ravi: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales department, because without successful sales sales the company as a whole would fail.

Ed: There are several departments other than sales that must also function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

Ed criticizes Ravi's argument by pointing out:

A) That the sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.

B) The ambiguity of the term "highest priority"

C) That the departments other than sales are more vital to the company's success.

D) An absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a department's necessity earns it the highest priority.

E) That Ravi makes a generalization from an atypical case.

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IMO D, Ed is not ruling out the fact that sales dept is very important. But just because it is important, it should not be considered as highest priority department.
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04 May 2010, 14:50
I pick D, because what Ravi said is absurd. Just because a department is necessary for a company to suceed, doesn't mean they are the best. Any department that wasn't necessary should be eliminated.

A doesn't work because Ed never says the Sales department is critical. Of course it is. Without it there would be no sales.

B doesn't work beacuse there is no ambiguity that has to do with this argument, and Ravi certainly doesn't criticize that portion. He uses the term as well.
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18 Jul 2010, 08:42
OA?
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17 Mar 2011, 02:49
The answer is D, I searched about a bit and found this :

http://www.beatthegmat.com/highest-priority-t45298.html

The flaw in Ravi's statement is that Ravi is seeking highest priority on basis of the indispensable contibution of the sales department, but then there are other departments whose contribution is indispensable. So which can be "highest" if there are several equal ?
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