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Gknight5603 wrote:
1.E
2. D
3. B


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Hello,

could you please explain the solution to the 3rd question?


From the lines in the passage:

Investments in product quality, like those in marketing and distribution, must be weighed against other types of investments with regard to direct, tangible benefits, such as increased profitability (including one or both of decreased costs and increased revenues) resulting from an investment.

We can infer that the author is suggesting care while adopting any technique for competitive advantage.

And in para 2 the author has provided one example for justifying his or her suggestion.

so B is clearly fit for primary purpose
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OE for question number 3 please


Hi!

Let me try explaining my take to Q.3. I hope this helps!

The author starts by discussing that one factor of business(product quality) might be important, but, there are other important factors such as marketing and distribution, must be weighed against other types of investments with regard to direct, tangible benefits and gives us different cases and scenarios for investing. And then strengthens this view by providing the example of the toy manufacturer.


3. This primary purpose of this passage is to

A. compare potential positive and negative outcomes of a type of business investment.-->The author does not specifically discusses the positive and negative outcomes.--OUT
B. suggest greater due diligence into a type of business investment.-->I could hold on to this one, because the author while presenting the cases and scenario suggests to be careful while investing in a particular type of business investment, which might or might not be profitable to the organization as much as some other investment might be.--HOLD
C. illustrate a variety of cases in which a type of business investment could fail to achieve greater revenue.-->This is definitely not the primary purpose as the author discusses the cases primarily to strengthen some other part of the passage--OUT
D. analyze the general problems of a company caused by a certain type of business investment.-->The author does not discuss certain type of business investment, rather he discusses various types of investments apart from this, the author primary purpose is not to analyse but to suggest something from the analysis--OUT
E. criticize the manner in which managers tend to consider costs and benefits of business investments--Straight OUT.

IMO B

Do let me know if the reasoning behind the above explanation is wrong! I'd be happy to hear
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It took me 07:18 to finish question 1.

Okay, I'm totally new here but I think we can agree to eliminate option A because it is not an "exceptional" case.

Then move on to option B, well...basically I know it's a bit detail-oriented not sure whether this is right or not. anyway, I'll keep it and check back later...

And option C, I don't think the author writes the whole paragraph just to demonstrate the analysis of weighing decision.

D. contradict the delivery

E. It is pretty general but can't find any flaw so I will go for this answer. period.
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