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The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are doing a booming business. Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers

I dont understand the OA kindly help
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06 Sep 2008, 08:37
E is answer. What is OA?

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06 Sep 2008, 09:45
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

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06 Sep 2008, 09:53
nmohindru wrote:
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

what about D ? D appears irrelevant
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06 Sep 2008, 10:00
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

what about D ? D appears irrelevant

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money

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06 Sep 2008, 10:05
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

I dont understand the OA kindly help

IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money

Oh Ok !!This explains !!i didnt get it at all
whats ur source for CR ???
Again ione more query !! in E ,domestic passengers rise does not it indicate in general rise of passengers not just of vacationers !!!
i m still not gettin how E is correct
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06 Sep 2008, 10:09
spriya wrote:
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money

Oh Ok !!This explains !!i didnt get it at all
whats ur source for CR ???
Again ione more query !! in E ,domestic passengers rise does not it indicate in general rise of passengers not just of vacationers !!!
i m still not gettin how E is correct

I have read OG and have done few of 1000 CR.

The Q is which choice weakens argument. E) may not support argument but it does not weaken it either.

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06 Sep 2008, 10:15
spriya wrote:
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
IMO E) ... doesnt weaken argument about increase in money and holidays

It does. D) says people cannot afford ship whereas argument says people have more money

Oh Ok !!This explains !!i didnt get it at all
whats ur source for CR ???
Again ione more query !! in E ,domestic passengers rise does not it indicate in general rise of passengers not just of vacationers !!!
i m still not gettin how E is correct
I have read OG and have done few of 1000 CR.

The Q is which choice weakens argument. E) may not support argument but it does not weaken it either.

Even i have done the same but i dont know still i get so CR wrong!!
same with RC!! neutral options do matter
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spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.

People are not paying for the fare, some one else is , Probably they do not have the money; weakens

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.

If there are fewer airlines that explains why the prices are so high. They dont have a choice not because they have money weakens
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
If they are taking shorter vacations * cheap hotels, money is tight. weakens

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.

If ships takes time that is not affordable, people have no alternative and not because money is abundant . weakens

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

E is about domestic. Totally unrelated to transatlantic. Does not weaken

I dont understand the OA kindly help

E

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07 Sep 2008, 09:55
'E' seems to strengthen the conclusion.

Conclusion says "clearly people have more money to spend on vacations"

So increase in passengers of domestic airlines supports that people have more money to spend(they are not business trip .... as its not mentioned in the option 'E')

IMO 'E'

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spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.

People are not paying for the fare, some one else is , Probably they do not have the money; weakens

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.

If there are fewer airlines that explains why the prices are so high. They dont have a choice not because they have money weakens
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
If they are taking shorter vacations * cheap hotels, money is tight. weakens

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.

If ships takes time that is not affordable, people have no alternative and not because money is abundant . weakens -> Rightly said apart from money constraint time plays an important role !!!its not just money

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a

E is about domestic. Totally unrelated to transatlantic. Does not weaken

I dont understand the OA kindly help

E

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08 Sep 2008, 19:59
IMO E.

Domestic flights do not require to cross the atlantic.. so not relevant in this case.

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08 Sep 2008, 22:14
I will go for (E)
Conclusion: people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.
=> "People have more money" Find in the answer choice that supports this.

Question- Find an answer that does not weaken- either strenthens or is neutral.

(E) says Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers-> which means that, people have more money now. Which is in between neutral and strengthen but does not weaken the conclusion.
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10 Sep 2008, 18:58
E

Between D and E:
D – Clearly weakens the argument by introducing affordability issue

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The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are doing a booming business. Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT:

1) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.

2) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.

3) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.

4) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.

5) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers

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is it E, E suggests that people re spending in domestic flights too , meaning ppl have more money, strengthening the argument...
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10 Dec 2009, 13:37
agree with E.

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10 Dec 2009, 14:14
what's wrong with C? Since people have 'more money', which can come from spending less on the hotels and reducing the length of vacations.

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10 Dec 2009, 18:49
i narrowed down to B and D.
i.e 2) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.

I think B is the correct becuase -
1. Demand supply. If the number of airlines are less, the demand is high, hence people fly irrespective of the prices.

Why i thought D is correct ?
4) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.

Since travelling via ship is time consuming, people prefer to fly, irrespective of fare, which takes less time. But since this choice does not talk about airlines, i did not choose it.

Problem with E -
5) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers

This talks about domestic airlines. There is no relation between domestic and transatlantic flights.

Thoughts ?

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11 Dec 2009, 03:13
The evidences are provided about transatlantic flights. Then conclusion is about people in general. Information about domestic flight suplement that about transatlantic, and therefore makes conclusion more robust.

I think the ans is E.

ms wrote:
i narrowed down to B and D.
i.e 2) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.

I think B is the correct becuase -
1. Demand supply. If the number of airlines are less, the demand is high, hence people fly irrespective of the prices.

Why i thought D is correct ?
4) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.

Since travelling via ship is time consuming, people prefer to fly, irrespective of fare, which takes less time. But since this choice does not talk about airlines, i did not choose it.

Problem with E -
5) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers

This talks about domestic airlines. There is no relation between domestic and transatlantic flights.

Thoughts ?

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