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VeritasKarishma wrote:
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Surveys in Domorica indicate that only 10% of Domoricans in their twenties read a newspaper regularly, while more than half of all Domoricans over thirty read a newspaper regularly. Although Domoricans in their twenties constitute a large proportion of the population, newspaper publishers nonetheless predict that ten years from now, the percentage of Domoricans who regularly read a newspaper will probably be no lower than it is today.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest grounds for the newspapers' prediction?

A. The number of Domoricans in their twenties is less than the number of Domoricans over thirty.

B. The number of newspaper published in Domorica has been gradually increasing over the past several decades.

C. The proportion of Domoricans in their twenties who regularly read a newspaper has alwayes been low.

D. The surveys defined a regular reader of a newspaper as someone who reads a newspaper more than twice a week.

E. The proportion of Domoricans who regularly read a newspaper was higher 20 years ago than it is today.


People in 20s - 10% read newspaper
People in 30s - 50% read newspaper

You might expect that since the younger generation is not reading the paper much, after some years, the % of people reading the paper will decrease. But the publishers claim that after some years, the % of people reading the paper will stay the same. How can you strengthen it?
What I think will strengthen it: People start reading the paper as they get older or something similar
Option (C) tells you that proportion of people reading the paper in their 20s has always been low. Hence, people who are right now in their 30s were also not reading the paper much when they were in their 20s. Which means that they start reading the paper at a later age. This strengthens the publishers' claim.

B, D and E are out of scope and needn't be considered at all.

As for (A), what we are interested in is the % of paper readers within each age bracket. Whether people in 20s are more or people in 30s are more doesn't matter. We need to keep the % of people reading the paper the same.


Hi VeritasKarishma,

Does the option A: The number of Domoricans in their twenties is less than the number of Domoricans over thirty go against the premise mentioned in the argument: Domoricans in their twenties constitute a large proportion of the population?

Can we say that as option A is against the premise it won't be the answer as premise are always true?

Please let me know the same. Thanks in advance! :-)
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VeritasKarishma wrote:
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Surveys in Domorica indicate that only 10% of Domoricans in their twenties read a newspaper regularly, while more than half of all Domoricans over thirty read a newspaper regularly. Although Domoricans in their twenties constitute a large proportion of the population, newspaper publishers nonetheless predict that ten years from now, the percentage of Domoricans who regularly read a newspaper will probably be no lower than it is today.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest grounds for the newspapers' prediction?

A. The number of Domoricans in their twenties is less than the number of Domoricans over thirty.

B. The number of newspaper published in Domorica has been gradually increasing over the past several decades.

C. The proportion of Domoricans in their twenties who regularly read a newspaper has alwayes been low.

D. The surveys defined a regular reader of a newspaper as someone who reads a newspaper more than twice a week.

E. The proportion of Domoricans who regularly read a newspaper was higher 20 years ago than it is today.


People in 20s - 10% read newspaper
People in 30s - 50% read newspaper

You might expect that since the younger generation is not reading the paper much, after some years, the % of people reading the paper will decrease. But the publishers claim that after some years, the % of people reading the paper will stay the same. How can you strengthen it?
What I think will strengthen it: People start reading the paper as they get older or something similar
Option (C) tells you that proportion of people reading the paper in their 20s has always been low. Hence, people who are right now in their 30s were also not reading the paper much when they were in their 20s. Which means that they start reading the paper at a later age. This strengthens the publishers' claim.

B, D and E are out of scope and needn't be considered at all.

As for (A), what we are interested in is the % of paper readers within each age bracket. Whether people in 20s are more or people in 30s are more doesn't matter. We need to keep the % of people reading the paper the same.


Hi VeritasKarishma,

Does the option A: The number of Domoricans in their twenties is less than the number of Domoricans over thirty go against the premise mentioned in the argument: Domoricans in their twenties constitute a large proportion of the population?

Can we say that as option A is against the premise it won't be the answer as premise are always true?

Please let me know the same. Thanks in advance! :-)
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Newspaper publishers predict that +10 years from now the percentage of Dom. who regularly read newspapers will not be lower than it is today.

The evidence given to support this is a survey that indicates that only 10% of Dom. in their 20s read a newspaper regularly, while >50% of Dom. over 30 read regularly.

What could possibly support this assertion made?

(A) The number of Domoricans in their twenties is less than the number of Domoricans over thirty.
If anything this would run counter to the claim.
(B) The number of newspaper published in Domorica has been gradually increasing over the past several decades.
How does an increase in circulation magically lead to an increase in readership?

(C) The proportion of Domoricans in their twenties who regularly read a newspaper has always been low.
This is really just saying that the trend that led to the existing readership of people in their 30s has not changed from what it was. This statement essentially states that trends will continue.

(D) The surveys defined a regular reader of a newspaper as someone who reads a newspaper more than twice a week.
Cool story, but this doesn't SUPPORT the prediction.

(E) The proportion of Domoricans who regularly read a newspaper was higher 20 years ago than it is today.
If anything a declining readership would lead us to believe that the prediction if false.
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Surveys in Domorica indicate that only 10% of Domoricans in their twenties read a newspaper regularly, while more than half of all Domoricans over thirty read a newspaper regularly. Although Domoricans in their twenties constitute a large proportion of the population, newspaper publishers nonetheless predict that ten years from now, the percentage of Domoricans who regularly read a newspaper will probably be no lower than it is today.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest grounds for the newspapers' prediction?

(A) The number of Domoricans in their twenties is less than the number of Domoricans over thirty.

(B) The number of newspaper published in Domorica has been gradually increasing over the past several decades.

(C) The proportion of Domoricans in their twenties who regularly read a newspaper has always been low.

(D) The surveys defined a regular reader of a newspaper as someone who reads a newspaper more than twice a week.

(E) The proportion of Domoricans who regularly read a newspaper was higher 20 years ago than it is today.


Great question,out of the box thinking. The general inference from the passage is yonger population do not read newspaper and older reads newspapaer. So, to obtain the result of newspaper reading similar or greater then current one : Older population starts reading newspapaer more.
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