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# Studies have shown that people who keep daily diet records

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15 Oct 2009, 12:55
D. IMO stmnt 1 is a fact and not a conclusion

+ing - I read that sentences containing phrases such as"results show, study show" are premises. Can someone confirm the same

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15 Oct 2009, 13:44
I get A. For A the first part is a conclusion but the second is that conclusion's evidence. B is wrong because the first is the theory instead of an explanation of why it is true. C is wrong because the second is not a competing theory at all. D’s first part is not a premise but a claim or a conclusion instead. It’s second part shows that the opinion maybe correct. E is wrong because the first is what the researchers prove- not disprove.
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15 Oct 2009, 13:52
In the stimulus mentioned, the conclusion is - Researchers believe that many weight-loss efforts fail because people eat more calories than they intend to consume.

How did the researcher conclude this – because studies have shown that people who record what they eat are more successful in loosing weight then people who do not keep track of their diet. So the first should have been a premise leading to the conclusion.

Most likely D may be the ans.

Here is how I eliminated my other choices.

Option A is ruled out because the first BF is NOT a conclusion.

The first BF provides some information based on the study result. It does NOT explain why a theory is thought to be correct. So rule out B.

If you look at the second BF, it is provides one the reasons that researchers found to prove what they are concluding. (Their conclusion is many weight loss efforts fail – one of the reasons is that they do no report the information correctly. This is infact supporting the conclusion) – (Competing – means opposing. Obviously this is NOT the case. Hence rule out option C.

Obviously first BF is not introducing any theory. It just states some facts. So rule out E.

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15 Oct 2009, 14:49
IMO D. The first boldface is premise, leading to the conclusion.
The second boldface is evidence to support the conclusion.
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15 Oct 2009, 15:23
IMO:D

The first boldface statement is the premise on which researchers base their opinion which is there in the second line of the question ("Researchers believe that many weight-loss efforts fail because people eat more calories than they intend to consume")

The second boldface clearly supports this opinion.
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15 Oct 2009, 15:54
Between A & D, I am with D.

Reason: The first bold-face is not the conclusion. The conclusion shold be, "...many weight-loss efforts fail because people eat more calories than they intend to consume". The first bold-face is just another premise, the 2nd one is the evidence that goes along with it.
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15 Oct 2009, 16:22
I don't see it. The whole passage supports the first boldface. The conclusion of an argument can be at the beginning at least as I was taught. I wanna see that OA.
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16 Oct 2009, 11:22
Since author didn't post the OA, so here it is.

OA is "D".

http://www.beatthegmat.com/bold-face-fe ... 29119.html
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19 Oct 2009, 10:34
OA is D

Why?
The first boldface (diet record = diet success) is a basis for the researchers’ conclusion that many weight-loss efforts fail because people consume more than they intended. The second boldface directly illustrates how weight-loss efforts of a certain group failed for exactly that reason.
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12 Nov 2009, 06:41
OA is D of course.

As far as A, rest apart, the simple reason is, the first statement is the opinion/conclusion of the author of the passage and not the conclusion reached by the researchers.
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06 Oct 2010, 00:36
Nice question. Let's up it so that guys could enjoy it
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07 Oct 2010, 01:41
In A "Studies have shown that" - isn't it a conlusion of their studies? Isn't it what they have achieved?
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07 Oct 2010, 20:22
I would argue for D over A for reasons already stated. (Great explanations, folks)
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19 Oct 2010, 10:02
Since the second part is not the evidence but finding . A is not correct.

the only left choice is D .

even am not convinced 100%, but the best answer is D.
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19 Oct 2010, 20:10
i picked b
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19 Oct 2010, 20:36
Very Confusing. I chose A. Can someone explain? Still confused.
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19 Oct 2010, 21:14
I picked B. My reasoning is this: The theory according to me is mentioned in this line: "Researchers believe that many weight-loss efforts fail because people eat more calories than they intend to consume." The first bold faced line is the explanation for that theory.
The line, "One study followed..." indicates that this is just one such example of a research finding. Therefore the second statement indicates an example of a study that contributes to the theory.
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20 Oct 2010, 04:07
+1 for D
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20 Oct 2010, 11:59
petrifiedbutstanding wrote:
I picked B. My reasoning is this: The theory according to me is mentioned in this line: "Researchers believe that many weight-loss efforts fail because people eat more calories than they intend to consume." The first bold faced line is the explanation for that theory.
The line, "One study followed..." indicates that this is just one such example of a research finding. Therefore the second statement indicates an example of a study that contributes to the theory.

I feel you would be right if the "Researchers believe..." was bolded. But the question asks about the "people who keep a daily journal...".

This is a trick to see if you are paying attention to the question. If the question was an argument style question where nothing was bolded, then that answer could be right.
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