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Recently, since rumors have been confirmed that the most prominent multi-property owners in the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations, other owners, who feared that the complex's property values were rapidly decreasing, have been greatly relieved. They posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false. This may not be sound reasoning, however, because the largest stakeholders may simply be protecting their investments by creating the image that the property values will stay high so that other owners do not sell their properties and further perpetuate the decrease.

In the argument above, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

(A) The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second states a contrary conclusion that is the main conclusion of the argument.

(B) The first provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument; the second states that conclusion.

(C) The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that support.

(D) The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second gives the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.

(E) The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.

Originally posted by nelz007 on 14 Nov 2012, 07:02.
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Recently, since rumors have been confirmed that the most prominent multi-property owners in the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations, other owners, who feared that the complex's property values were rapidly decreasing, have been greatly relieved. They posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false. This may not be sound reasoning, however, because the largest stakeholders may simply be protecting their investments by creating the image that the property values will stay high so that other owners do not sell their properties and further perpetuate the decrease.

In the argument above, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

A The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second states a contrary conclusion that is the main conclusion of the argument.

B The first provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument; the second states that conclusion.

C The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that support.

D The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second gives the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.

E The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.


Again a question without OA.. :x

In my opinion ans should be C. "the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations" is a fact (it is mentioned that it has been confirmed) and based on this fact a perception is formed (conclusion). However second statement provides a reason to question the formation of this perception.

Ans C it is.
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I feel that the asnwer is C.
Though did it by POE, it took more than 2 mins.
The main conclusion is: THIS MAY NOT BE SOUND REASONING.
A The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second states a contrary conclusion that is the main conclusion of the argument. SECOND BOLDFACE IS NOT A CONCLUSION
B The first provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument; the second states that conclusion DISASTER. NONE OF THE PART IS CORRECT. THE FIRST DOESNT PROVIDES ANY EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE MAIN CONCLUSION AND SECOND BOLDFACE DOESNT STATES THE CONCLUSION.
C The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that support. CORRECT
D The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second gives the explanation that the argument seeks to establish. THE FIRST DOES'NT DESCRIBES ANY CIRCUMSTANCE THAT THE WHOLE ARGUMENT SEEKS TO EXPLAIN. INCORRECT
E The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish. THE FIRST DOES'NT DESCRIBES ANY CIRCUMSTANCE THAT THE WHOLE ARGUMENT SEEKS TO EXPLAIN. INCORRECT

IMHO C.
whats the OA and the source Nelz?
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Thanks for the explanations OA is C source is veritas
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Pls explain how can be first bold face is supporting conclusion.
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Pls explain how can be first bold face is supporting conclusion.


Hey archit...how are u doing?

Look at the intermediate conclusion.

Recently, since rumors have been confirmed that the most prominent multi-property owners in the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations, other owners, who feared that the complex's property values were rapidly decreasing, have been greatly relieved. They posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false. This may not be sound reasoning, however, because the largest stakeholders may simply be protecting their investments by creating the image that the property values will stay high so that other owners do not sell their properties and further perpetuate the decrease.
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Now look at the first boldface. It is supporting the IC but not the main conclusion.
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Can you please explain this question. I am not able to understand it.
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Can you please explain this question. I am not able to understand it.


Hi sahil7389

Please find below my reasoning. Let me know if it helps.

Splitting the argument.

1. Recently, since rumors have been confirmed that the most prominent multi-property owners in the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations,- Fact
2. other owners, who feared that the complex's property values were rapidly decreasing, have been greatly relieved. - Premise
3. They posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false. Conclusion
4. This may not be sound reasoning, however, because the largest stakeholders may simply be protecting their investments by creating the image that the property values will stay high so that other owners do not sell their properties and further perpetuate the decrease. - Counter Premise

The (1) BF and (2) BF are opposite premises.

A The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second states a contrary conclusion that is the main conclusion of the argument. The second is not the conclusion. It is a counter premise "This may not be sound reasoning because...." Hence incorrect. (note the words - may not be)

B The first provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument; the second states that conclusion. The two BFs are supporting opposite conclusions. Hence incorrect.

C The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that support. Yes, Both are premises, the first one supporting the conclusion and the second one, doing the opposite, makes you question the conclusion. - Correct

D The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second gives the explanation that the argument seeks to establish. Both are supporting opposite conclusions and are not on the same side of the argument. Also, the second BF is not an explanation, it gives you a reason to question the conclusion. Hence incorrect.

E The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish. Both are supporting opposite conclusions and are not on the same side of the argument. The second provides a counter -evidence to the conclusion. Hence incorrect.

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Recently, since rumors have been confirmed that the most prominent multi-property owners in the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations, other owners, who feared that the complex's property values were rapidly decreasing, have been greatly relieved. They posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false. This may not be sound reasoning, however, because the largest stakeholders may simply be protecting their investments by creating the image that the property values will stay high so that other owners do not sell their properties and further perpetuate the decrease.

In the argument above, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

A The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second states a contrary conclusion that is the main conclusion of the argument.

B The first provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument; the second states that conclusion.

C The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that support.

D The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second gives the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.

E The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.


second is definitely not a conclusion
A and B are right away eliminated.
First one describes a fact that has lead people to consider smth. The second one, is an example why that consideration might be false.
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nelz007 wrote:
Recently, since rumors have been confirmed that the most prominent multi-property owners in the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations, other owners, who feared that the complex's property values were rapidly decreasing, have been greatly relieved. They posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false. This may not be sound reasoning, however, because the largest stakeholders may simply be protecting their investments by creating the image that the property values will stay high so that other owners do not sell their properties and further perpetuate the decrease.

In the argument above, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

A The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second states a contrary conclusion that is the main conclusion of the argument.

B The first provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument; the second states that conclusion.

C The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that support.

D The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second gives the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.

E The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.



In this question apparently C is the best option.

But for studying, What is exactly wrong in E ?


E - The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.[/quote]

1. circumstance
2. argument as a whole seeks to explain
3. provides evidence of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish


From where problems begin?
Of course, I`ve already read all the post.

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Recently, since rumors have been confirmed that the most prominent multi-property owners in the condominium complex have been using home equity credit to make renovations, other owners, who feared that the complex's property values were rapidly decreasing, have been greatly relieved. They posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false. This may not be sound reasoning, however, because the largest stakeholders may simply be protecting their investments by creating the image that the property values will stay high so that other owners do not sell their properties and further perpetuate the decrease.

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(P) Rumors confirm owners renov. —> relieve low value fears
(CP) other owners: value declining is a false worry
(C) not sound reasoning
(P) protecting investments
(AP) create image of high value —> owners don’t sell

Analysis and Pre-phrasing
This stimulus begins by telling us that some rumours have been confirmed. We know, therefore, that the condominium complex renovations are a fact. The author then shares that this confirmed rumour was a great relief to other owners who believe that making renovations means that “the largest stakeholders believe in the soundness of their properties” and therefore, these other owners should not worry about values declining. “They posit that” preamble introduces the other owner’s conclusion (the “worry that values are declining must be false”).

From the following sentence (“This may not be sound reasoning, however…”), which is the author’s claim and conclusion, we can tell that the author clearly disagrees with the other owners. The author supports his position by sharing that these large stakeholders are merely “protecting their investments”. He then adds some additional premises about creating an image of high value.

From our notes, we can confirm that:
- The first bold-face is a neutral premise.
- The second bold-face is a premise supporting the author’s conclusion.
- In relation to each other, we are looking for something that is neither opposite nor same.

In the argument above, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?


(A) The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second states a contrary conclusion that is the main conclusion of the argument.
OK, I can see the first being “evidence”… does it support “a conclusion”? Yes. Is the second a contrary conclusion? Not at all, the second is definitely not a conclusion…or main conclusion at all.

(B) The first provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument; the second states that conclusion.
The first DOES provide evidence…but not in support of the “main conclusion.” The main conclusion is that “this may not be sound reasoning.”

(C) The first describes evidence that has been taken as supporting a conclusion; the second gives a reason for questioning that support.
The first half is pretty true. The second does give reason to question that evidence that the other owners use to support their idea that large stakeholders renovating is equivalent to “believ[ing] in the soundness of their properties”.

(D) The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second gives the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.

The first could be a circumstance…since circumstances are situations…but is it a circumstance that the argument seeks to explain? No. Firstly, the circumstance doesn't need to be explained since the "rumour confirmed it" Also, the argument only seeks to explain (or disprove) the owners’ erroneous belief that they should not be worried since renovations can be interpreted as property values not declining.

(E) The first describes the circumstance that the argument as a whole seeks to explain; the second provides evidence in support of the explanation that the argument seeks to establish.
Same as (D). Also, the second is not evidence.

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The passage says that 'They(other owners) posit that, since the largest stakeholders in the complex evidently believe in the soundness of their properties, the worry that values are declining must be false'. The correct answer choice C says that this is a conclusion. How can this be a conclusion?
Clearly, this is not concluded by the author but by the other owners. Isn't a conclusion something that is inferred by the author?

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