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# The city government should invest surplus funds in improving

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08 Dec 2015, 10:20
MrSobe17 wrote:
One question. Isn't the first statement actually a conclusion?

Perhaps irrelevant, but just for the benefit of all that picked E: if there was an answer choice like "The first is a conclusion; the second is a prediction based on the state of affairs," what would be a better answer?

No, it is not. The first statment is a fact. A conclusion is something deducted from the premise/fact. The second statement looks like a conclusion, written in such a way to look like a prediction
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08 Dec 2015, 14:02
In this case I really find it her to see that the first statement is only a fact as it could well be placed at the end of the argument, starting with something like "therefore, the city government should invest surplus funds in improving the city’s transportation network."

Since it is in general very beneficial for CR to be able to recognise immediately the conclusion, I would appreciate if you had any other explanation for why is this a statement or in other words, not a conclusion.

Thanks a lot!
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08 Dec 2015, 14:16
MrSobe17 wrote:
In this case I really find it her to see that the first statement is only a fact as it could well be placed at the end of the argument, starting with something like "therefore, the city government should invest surplus funds in improving the city’s transportation network."

Since it is in general very beneficial for CR to be able to recognise immediately the conclusion, I would appreciate if you had any other explanation for why is this a statement or in other words, not a conclusion.

Thanks a lot!

Indeed, finding the conclusion is crucial in bold faced type of questions.
As you might see, the author states that smth must be done. All other information that comes after the first sentence is nothing but supporting it. The first bold faced statement explains why the problem appeared. then we have a bunch of other facts. In the end, we have a prediction of what might happen if what is proposed is not implemented.

Furthermore, note that bold faced statements might have 6 roles:
1. conclusion;
2. premise/fact;
3. counter premise, or statement that goes against the conclusion;
4. prediction;
5. belief;
6. alternate explanation.

first thing to do is to identify what role the bold faced statement plays.
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09 Mar 2017, 20:38
(A) This choice states that the first statement is an explanation of a current state of affairs. This explanation is consistent with the passage. The answer choice goes on to describe the second bolded statement as a prediction based on that state of affairs. This is also consistent with the passage: the second bolded statement predicts what will happen as a result of the inadequacy of the current transportation network.
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18 Apr 2017, 22:23
The conclusion of the argument is that the city will see many of its prized
industries relocate to more convenient cities and the city's financial health will be
jeopardized if the city does not make changes soon to the transportation network.
This is also the second bolded sentence. The first bolded sentence states that
most of the network was put in place at a time when the city was much smaller in
both area and population. We need to find a choice that correctly describes both
of these bolded statements.
Overview of problem :-
1) gov't should invest funds in transport network
2) network is really old, when city was smaller
3) subway outdated
5) if no changes are made, then companies will move away, and the city will go downhill

I think you could argue that statements 1 and 5 are both conclusions: one's about what we "should" do and the other is about what will happen if we don't do what we "should" do. You'll notice that the answer doesn't change either way.

Most of the network was put in place at a time when the city was much smaller in both area and population
This doesn't oppose or support the author's conclusion
This doesn't tell you that it is a problem
This just describe the curent situation

The use of the words if and will in the second boldface suggest a prediction.

Based on this analysis, the answer = A

(A) CORRECT. This choice states that the first statement is an explanation of a
current state of affairs. This explanation is consistent with the passage. The
answer choice goes on to describe the second bolded statement as a prediction
based on that state of affairs. This is also consistent with the passage: the
second bolded statement predicts what will happen as a result of the inadequacy
of the current transportation network.
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19 Apr 2017, 03:12
The city government should invest surplus funds in improving the city’s transportation network. Most of the
network was put in place at a time when the city was much smaller in both area and population. The
subway system is outdated and understaffed. The buses rarely run on schedule and their routes are inconvenient.
If the city does not make changes soon to the network, it will see many of its prized industries
relocate to more convenient cities and, as a result, the city’s financial health will be jeopardized. In
the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
• The first is an explanation of a current state of affairs; the second is a prediction based on that state of affairs.
• The first is a statement of fact in opposition to the author’s conclusion; the second is that conclusion.
• The first emphasizes an existing problem; the second offers a proposal to solve that problem.
• The first is information the author suggests has been overlooked in the situation at hand; the second describes
that situation.
• The first is a justification of an impending problem; the second describes the consequences of that problem.

B C and D are instant elimination

In E we have consequence ,which means it will sure shot occurs
In A we have prediction which is correct
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08 Jun 2017, 13:48
anairamitch1804 wrote:
The conclusion of the argument is that the city will see many of its prized
industries relocate to more convenient cities and the city's financial health will be
jeopardized if the city does not make changes soon to the transportation network.
This is also the second bolded sentence. The first bolded sentence states that
most of the network was put in place at a time when the city was much smaller in
both area and population. We need to find a choice that correctly describes both
of these bolded statements.
Overview of problem :-
1) gov't should invest funds in transport network
2) network is really old, when city was smaller
3) subway outdated
5) if no changes are made, then companies will move away, and the city will go downhill

I think you could argue that statements 1 and 5 are both conclusions: one's about what we "should" do and the other is about what will happen if we don't do what we "should" do. You'll notice that the answer doesn't change either way.

Most of the network was put in place at a time when the city was much smaller in both area and population
This doesn't oppose or support the author's conclusion
This doesn't tell you that it is a problem
This just describe the curent situation

The use of the words if and will in the second boldface suggest a prediction.

Based on this analysis, the answer = A

(A) CORRECT. This choice states that the first statement is an explanation of a
current state of affairs. This explanation is consistent with the passage. The
answer choice goes on to describe the second bolded statement as a prediction
based on that state of affairs. This is also consistent with the passage: the
second bolded statement predicts what will happen as a result of the inadequacy
of the current transportation network.

Can you explain Why not D as the answer choice
My Analysis for D
The city government should invest surplus funds in improving the city’s transportation network. (This statement is authors Opinion and supports authors conclusion)

Most of the network was put in place at a time when the city was much smaller in both area and population. Facts
The subway system is outdated and understaffed. The buses rarely run on schedule and their routes are inconvenient. Facts

If the city does not make changes soon to the network, it will see many of its prized industries relocate to more convenient cities and ( Author makes Some Predictions based on Facts presented )
as a result, the city’s financial health will be jeopardized ( Authors conclusion based on his predictions)

Now clearly the author is concluding that city's financial health will be jeopardized is the situation, is being described in BF-2 ,and BF-1 is information on which the prediction is based. Now since this information is not being taken into consideration this might lead to BF-2

Need some help in understanding why D is incorrect.
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16 Aug 2017, 01:27
A vs C vs E
I was really confused. Could just boil it down to C and E.
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