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# Recent research has suggested that best-selling authors

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Recent research has suggested that best-selling authors gradually lose their ability to excite readers with age. This suggestion is based on the fact that on average, such writers produce the majority of their best-selling works before the age of fifty. However, there is also data showing that authors who began their writing career later in life created more of their best-selling works after the age of fifty. This may indicate that lack of innovation and creativity is not necessarily a product of age, but rather a result of creative exhaustion following too many years of writing.

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

A. The first contains evidence which contradicts the position favored by the argument; the second is that position.
B. The first is evidence which supports an explanation that the argument rules out; the second is another explanation dismissed by the argument.
C. The first lends credibility to the position that the argument favors; the second describes that position.
D. The first is evidence which supports an explanation that the argument rules out; the second is that explanation.
E. The first is the claim whose validity is discussed in the argument; the second is evidence supporting that claim.
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30 Jul 2014, 11:17
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The first sentence of the argument, the third one after howver and the last one ALL these go in the same direction.

Only C says this. So is the best answer

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01 Aug 2014, 05:48
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Hi Carcass,

Thanks for the explanation.
I see. It is about the exhaustion.

Recent research has suggested that best-selling authors gradually lose their ability to excite readers with age
authors who began their writing career later in life created more of their best-selling works after the age of fifty.
a result of creative exhaustion following too many years of writing.

Yes, all support that people will exhaust at some point. If someone starts later, then this person will exhaust later.
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24 Sep 2014, 01:52
goodyear2013 wrote:
Recent research has suggested that best-selling authors gradually lose their ability to excite readers with age. This suggestion is based on the fact that on average, such writers produce the majority of their best-selling works before the age of fifty. However, there is also data showing that authors who began their writing career later in life created more of their best-selling works after the age of fifty. This may indicate that lack of innovation and creativity is not necessarily a product of age, but rather a result of creative exhaustion following too many years of writing.

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

A. The first contains evidence which contradicts the position favored by the argument; the second is that position.
B. The first is evidence which supports an explanation that the argument rules out; the second is another explanation dismissed by the argument.
C. The first lends credibility to the position that the argument favors; the second describes that position.
D. The first is evidence which supports an explanation that the argument rules out; the second is that explanation.
E. The first is the claim whose validity is discussed in the argument; the second is evidence supporting that claim.

May someone explain why D is wrong.
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24 Sep 2014, 08:04
carcass wrote:
The first sentence of the argument, the third one after howver and the last one ALL these go in the same direction.

Only C says this. So is the best answer

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Hi Carcass,
Can u pls explain why D is wrong ?

Thanks
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25 Sep 2014, 04:54
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I am not good at explaining but i will try
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Recent research has suggested that best-selling authors gradually lose their ability to excite readers with age. This suggestion is based on the fact that on average, such writers produce the majority of their best-selling works before the age of fifty. However, there is also data showing that authors who began their writing career later in life created more of their best-selling works after the age of fifty. This may indicate that lack of innovation and creativity is not necessarily a product of age, but rather a result of creative exhaustion following too many years of writing.

Argument initially gives a Fact : on average, such writers produce the majority of their best-selling works before the age of fifty
Argument gives an intermediate conclusion on the basic of above fact: Recent research has suggested that best-selling authors gradually lose their ability to excite readers with age.

Then It uses a keyword However that hints something contradictory is coming.

Argument gives another Fact : there is also data showing that authors who began their writing career later in life created more of their best-selling works after the age of fifty. This is First Boldface part.
Argument gives final conclusion on the basis of above Fact :
1. lack of innovation and creativity is not necessarily a product of age
2. but rather a result of creative exhaustion following too many years of writing.....This is Second Boldface part.

Now option d :
The first is evidence which supports an explanation that the argument rules out; the second is that explanation.
This in incorrect as First bold part is a evidence which supports the final conclusion but Argument doesn't rule it out this explanation. Infact it is the final conclusion of the argument.
Second bold part is right i.e it is an explanation that first part supports.
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goodyear2013 wrote:
Recent research has suggested that best-selling authors gradually lose their ability to excite readers with age. This suggestion is based on the fact that on average, such writers produce the majority of their best-selling works before the age of fifty. However, there is also data showing that authors who began their writing career later in life created more of their best-selling works after the age of fifty. This may indicate that lack of innovation and creativity is not necessarily a product of age, but rather a result of creative exhaustion following too many years of writing.

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

first is piece of data, second is a position of the author. statements do not contradict each other.

A. The first contains evidence which contradicts the position favored by the argument; the second is that position.
no.

B. The first is evidence which supports an explanation that the argument rules out; the second is another explanation dismissed by the argument.
out.

D. The first is evidence which supports an explanation that the argument rules out; the second is that explanation.
no

E. The first is the claim whose validity is discussed in the argument; the second is evidence supporting that claim.
the first is not a claim, it's a fact. the second is not evidence, it's a position taken by the argument. out.

by POE, we are left with:
C. The first lends credibility to the position that the argument favors; the second describes that position
favors - yes, second - the position.

yes.
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10 Dec 2017, 22:56
i believe this question is a good question to practice even though questions from the economist gmat are not the best for practicing.
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