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# Reporter: The municipal department spends

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23 Feb 2019, 07:40
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Reporter: The municipal department spends a lot of money on the construction of concrete roads. It is difficult to fathom, however, the department’s choice to build concrete roads when it can easily lay cheaper roads using permeable materials. Therefore, a petition should be written to the government to stop using concrete and to start using permeable paving materials for the construction of roads, considering that___________.

Which of the following most logically completes the paragraph?

A. the process of laying roads with concrete is not dissimilar to that of laying roads using permeable paving materials

B. other states have been using similar permeable materials to construct their roads

C. the price the government has to pay for maintaining roads in good condition is less for roads paved using permeable paving materials versus roads paved with concrete

D. petitions are given a serious and fair consideration by the government

E. concrete as a laying material is not better than permeable materials used for laying
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23 Feb 2019, 07:43
I selected E as an answer because it makes me believe that concrete is not better in terms of durability and since PMT is less expensive and equally or more durable, it should be used for construction
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23 Feb 2019, 07:49
advikaggarwal wrote:
I selected E as an answer because it makes me believe that concrete is not better in terms of durability and since PMT is less expensive and equally or more durable, it should be used for construction

Here the context is that the price is high for concrete so govt use other material

so the use of word ' considering ' in last must address this concern.

Anything which says about the cost redcution should fit in here

Option C talks the same.

hope it helps

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23 Feb 2019, 08:14
kumarankit01 wrote:
advikaggarwal wrote:
I selected E as an answer because it makes me believe that concrete is not better in terms of durability and since PMT is less expensive and equally or more durable, it should be used for construction

Here the context is that the price is high for concrete so govt use other material

so the use of word ' considering ' in last must address this concern.

Anything which says about the cost redcution should fit in here

Option C talks the same.

hope it helps

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Thanks.

Is there some material available on how to tackle questions based on completing the passage?
I am constantly getting them wrong.

In this question as well, even in my pre-thinking I thought that an answer that addresses the durability issue should be correct and I ended up selecting E.
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Updated on: 23 Feb 2019, 13:00
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advikaggarwal wrote:
I selected E as an answer because it makes me believe that concrete is not better in terms of durability and since PMT is less expensive and equally or more durable, it should be used for construction

Option E is a tricky choice; nevertheless, it's wrong.

The key to solving CR questions is to understand the context of the passage. In this question, the author has based its argument on cost consideration for the ways to construct roads. The author simply favors a more cheaper way. That's all! Quality or any other aspect is out of context.

Therefore, any option that makes us believe that the cheaper way to construct roads is by using permeable paving material than by using concrete will logically complete the paragraph by supporting the author's argument.

Option C clearly suggests that using permeable paving material is not only a cheaper option to the lay the roads but also a cheaper option to maintain the roads. As this option is in the context of the discussion and supports the author, it's correct.

Option E states that concrete as a laying material is not a better than permeable materials, it's is not clear in what sense it's not better. So to assume that it's not better in quality, and therefore in cost will be wrong. In CR question, we must work only with the information given to us.

All the other options are irrelevant, so they are wrong.

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Originally posted by iamsiddharthkapoor on 23 Feb 2019, 08:34.
Last edited by iamsiddharthkapoor on 23 Feb 2019, 13:00, edited 1 time in total.
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23 Feb 2019, 08:43
advikaggarwal wrote:
kumarankit01 wrote:
advikaggarwal wrote:
I selected E as an answer because it makes me believe that concrete is not better in terms of durability and since PMT is less expensive and equally or more durable, it should be used for construction

Here the context is that the price is high for concrete so govt use other material

so the use of word ' considering ' in last must address this concern.

Anything which says about the cost redcution should fit in here

Option C talks the same.

hope it helps

Posted from my mobile device

Thanks.

Is there some material available on how to tackle questions based on completing the passage?
I am constantly getting them wrong.

In this question as well, even in my pre-thinking I thought that an answer that addresses the durability issue should be correct and I ended up selecting E.

Such questions do not have unique requirements to solve them. As with any other CR question, you need to take care of the following things:

1. Stick to the context of the passage. For example, the context of this question is cost consideration, and not durability or quality or smoothness.
2. Understand the question well to fulfill its requirement. For example, we need to find an option the supports the authors argument.

In general, such questions are either Strengthen type or Weaken type, but this is not always true.

If my solution has helped, kindly give me Kudos.
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