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The cost of renovating a house can be dramatically cut by restructuring the interior with sturdy low-cost materials, rather than by simply making cosmetic changes with more expensive materials. Those contracting companies hired to undertake renovations, therefore, would save money by purchasing only sturdy, low-cost materials to use in their work.

The suggestion above rests on the assumption that

  • people who hire contracting companies may choose what types of materials are used in their renovations
  • any house can be successfully renovated using only expensive materials
  • the cost of materials is the primary financial burden of a contracting company
  • any renovation of a house can be accomplished by restructuring the interior with low-cost, sturdy materials
  • not all houses need major renovations
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Why option D? Assumption cannot be something that's stated in the argument isn't it? :(

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Why option D? Assumption cannot be something that's stated in the argument isn't it? :(

the OA is D.It says any renovation can be done using low cost materials. If you negate this statement,"not any renovation can be done using low cost material".Th conclusion falls apart as low cost materials cannot substitute expensive ones. This assumption is correct coz the paragraph talks about replacing expensive materials for any renovation with low cost ones. Plus none of the other options break the conclusion.

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[quote="Subanta"]The cost of renovating a house can be dramatically cut by restructuring the interior with sturdy low-cost materials, rather than by simply making cosmetic changes with more expensive materials. Those contracting companies hired to undertake renovations, therefore, would save money by purchasing only sturdy, low-cost materials to use in their work.

The suggestion above rests on the assumption that

  • people who hire contracting companies may choose what types of materials are used in their renovations
  • any house can be successfully renovated using only expensive materials
  • the cost of materials is the primary financial burden of a contracting company
  • any renovation of a house can be accomplished by restructuring the interior with low-cost, sturdy materials
  • not all houses need major renovations


here is my explaination by using rejecting method. Option A is out of scope, B seems right , but not metion in passage, C may be true, but I neagating it, it fails the argument, E is completely wrong. Only D obey the argument

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A. No. The argument is that contracting companies would save money, not that the people who hire them would.
B. No. This is the opposite of the assumption being made.
C. No. The argument states only that money will be saved--the actual amount is not the issue.
D. Yes. The contractors would save money by purchasing low-cost, sturdy materials only if those materials could be used instead of the expensive ones.
E. No. This argument only deals with the situation in which renovations will be made.
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