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Temporary-services firms supply trained workers to other companies on a temporary basis. Temporary-services firms lose business when the economy shows signs of beginning to weaken. They gain business when the economy begins to recover but often lose business again when the economy stabilizes. These firms have begun to gain business in the present weak economy. The economy therefore must be beginning to recover.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the above argument depends?

A) Temporary-services firms are more likely to regain old clients than to acquire new ones when the economy begins to recover
B) Temporary-services firms do not gain business when an already weak economy worsens
C) New companies do not often hire temporary help until they have been in business for some time
D) Companies that use workers from temporary-services firms seldom hire those workers to fill permanent positions
E) Temporary-services firms can most easily find qualified new workers when the economy is at its weakest
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Economy shows signs of weakening - Temporary services firms lose business
Economy begins to recover - Temporary services firms gain business
Economy stabilizes - Temp services firms again lose business

Current situation: Weak economy and firms are gaining business --> Economy is beginning to recover

For the above situation to hold true, temp services firms must not gain business in a deteriorating economy.

A) Temporary-services firms are more likely to regain old clients than to acquire new ones when the economy begins to recover - Incorrect - Out of context. Regaining old client does not suggest that the economy is beginning to recover

B) Temporary-services firms do not gain business when an already weak economy worsens - Correct - Aligns to our assumption

C) New companies do not often hire temporary help until they have been in business for some time - Incorrect - Out of scope

D) Companies that use workers from temporary-services firms seldom hire those workers to fill permanent positions - Incorrect - Out of scope.

E) Temporary-services firms can most easily find qualified new workers when the economy is at its weakest - Incorrect - Even if this happens, temp services can function with current workers. So this does not affect the argument.

Answer: B
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Temporary-services firms supply trained workers to other companies on a temporary basis. Temporary-services firms lose business when the economy shows signs of beginning to weaken. They gain business when the economy begins to recover but often lose business again when the economy stabilizes.These firms have begun to gain business in the present weak economy. The economy therefore must be beginning to recover.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the above argument depends?

A) Temporary-services firms are more likely to regain old clients than to acquire new ones when the economy begins to recover
B) Temporary-services firms do not gain business when an already weak economy worsens
C) New companies do not often hire temporary help until they have been in business for some time
D) Companies that use workers from temporary-services firms seldom hire those workers to fill permanent positions
E) Temporary-services firms can most easily find qualified new workers when the economy is at its weakest


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Try to negate option (B)

firms gain business when an already weak economy worsens


Negating option (B) makes the argument fall apart, hence this is the correct answer...

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Using negation for option B) Temporary-services firms do gain business when an already weak economy worsens
is just opposite of what is stated in the conclusion and hence it weakens the conclusion
Thus correct option is B
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Using negation for option B) Temporary-services firms do gain business when an already weak economy worsens
is just opposite of what is stated in the conclusion and hence it weakens the conclusion
Hence, B is the answer.
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Temporary-services firms supply trained workers to other companies on a temporary basis. Temporary-services firms lose business when the economy shows signs of beginning to weaken. They gain business when the economy begins to recover but often lose business again when the economy stabilizes. These firms have begun to gain business in the present weak economy. The economy therefore must be beginning to recover.


Conclusion: Temporary-services firms begun to gain business, hence economy must be recovering.

Assumption:
1. Firms do not gain business when the economy is beginning to weaken.
2. Firms do not gain business when the economy stabilizes.

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A) Temporary-services firms are more likely to regain old clients than to acquire new ones when the economy begins to recover


There is no discussion about old clients/ new ones in the entire passage. Out of scope.


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B) Temporary-services firms do not gain business when an already weak economy worsens


In line with assumption 1.

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C) New companies do not often hire temporary help until they have been in business for some time


Out of scope.

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D) Companies that use workers from temporary-services firms seldom hire those workers to fill permanent positions


Again out of scope. No discussion about permanent positions.

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E) Temporary-services firms can most easily find qualified new workers when the economy is at its weakest


The ease of finding workers for the temporary - services firms is out of scope.
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