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# The fire that destroyed the Municipal Building

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The fire that destroyed the Municipal Building started before dawn this morning, and the last fire fighters did not leave until late this afternoon. No one could have been anywhere in the vicinity of a fire like that one and fail to notice it. Thomas must have seen it, whatever he now says to the contrary. He admits that, as usual, he went from his apartment to the library this morning, and there is no way for him to get from his apartment to the library without going past the Municipal Building.

The main conclusion of the argument is that
(A) Thomas was in the vicinity of the fire this morning
(B) Thomas claimed not to have seen the fire
(C) Thomas saw the fire this morning
(D) Thomas went directly from his apartment to the library this morning
(E) Thomas went by the Municipal Building this morning
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29 Jul 2014, 09:36
C it is: Thomas saw the fire this morning
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29 Jul 2014, 10:15
yes...C thomas must have seen the fire....
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31 Jul 2014, 01:20
C for sure... from the passage "Thomas must have seen it"...he walked from his apartment to the library --> saw the Municipal Building --> saw the fire
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27 Jan 2017, 22:26
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try to simplify the argument -

the second sentence states a condition -
Vicinity of a fire that large --> notice the fire.

the next sentence -
he went from his apartment to library --> he has to go past the Municipal building --> he was in the vicinity of the fire.

If we combine the above two sentences we get -
he went from his apartment to library --> he has to go past the Municipal building --> he was in the vicinity of the fire --> notice the fire.

the last part is the conclusion. Hence, Option C.
This is mentioned in the sentence - "Thomas must have seen it, whatever he now says to the contrary."

A - Incorrect.
Even though this statement is correct, note that we can combine this with the first statement to get a further conclusion. That conclusion would be the final/main conclusion of the argument.

B - Incorrect.
this statement, although correct, is not the main conclusion. Note that the paragraph says - "Thomas must have seen it, whatever he now says to the contrary."
"whatever" here indicates a contrast, so the author does not agree with Thomas. Hence, Thomas's claim cannot be the main conclusion.

D - Incorrect.
this is an assumption, not the main conclusion.
If he did not go directly to the library, but went somewhere else from his apartment and from that place went to the library, the argument falls apart. (He need not necessarily be in the vicinity of the fire then).

E - Incorrect.
same error as option A.
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29 Sep 2017, 10:22
A It is already stated in the question hence of no significant importance.
B. Quite the opposite of what is mentioned in the question.
C. Best possible option as the question keeps on mentioning that Thomas saw the fire eg.No one could have been anywhere in the vicinity of a fire like that one and fail to notice it. , even the last line .
D. Already mentioned in the question.
E. Out of context.
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17 Oct 2017, 16:34
No one could have been anywhere in the vicinity of a fire like that one and fail to notice it. Thomas must have seen it,

it means : Thomas was in the vicinity of the fire this morning

what is wrong with A?
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28 Oct 2017, 23:55
I feel there is a catch. Fire started before the dawn in the morning .In the premise it is not stated that whether he went to the library before the fire started or not.it is just stated he went to the library in the morning(may be 12:01AM) . If he went to the library before the fire started he could not have seen the fire or it may be the other way also.I feel C is wrong
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28 Oct 2017, 23:57
I feel there is a catch. Fire started before the dawn in the morning .In the premise it is not stated that whether he went to the library before the fire started or not.it is just stated he went to the library in the morning(may be 12:01AM) . If he went to the library before the fire started he could not have seen the fire or it may be the other way also.I feel C is wrong
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The fire that destroyed the Municipal Building started before dawn this morning, and the last fire fighters did not leave until late this afternoon. No one could have been anywhere in the vicinity of a fire like that one and fail to notice it. Thomas must have seen it, whatever he now says to the contrary. He admits that, as usual, he went from his apartment to the library this morning, and there is no way for him to get from his apartment to the library without going past the Municipal Building.

The main conclusion of the argument is that
(A) Thomas was in the vicinity of the fire this morning
(B) Thomas claimed not to have seen the fire
(C) Thomas saw the fire this morning
(D) Thomas went directly from his apartment to the library this morning
(E) Thomas went by the Municipal Building this morning

pkm9995109794 wrote:
I feel there is a catch. Fire started before the dawn in the morning .In the premise it is not stated that whether he went to the library before the fire started or not.it is just stated he went to the library in the morning(may be 12:01AM) . If he went to the library before the fire started he could not have seen the fire or it may be the other way also.I feel C is wrong

Yes, this is technically possible, but since we are not asked about assumptions or ways to weaken the argument, this scenario is irrelevant. We are not looking for flaws in the author's argument. Rather, we are simply looking for the author's conclusion. According to the author's reasoning, Thomas saw the fire this morning, so the answer is (C).

soodia wrote:
what is wrong with A?

As for choice (A), the author does reason that Thomas was in the vicinity of the fire this morning. But the author uses that reasoning to SUPPORT the main conclusion, which is that Thomas saw the fire. Thomas admits to walking past the Municipal Building but claims that he did not see the fire. The author concludes that Thomas DID see the fire. Whether Thomas was in the vicinity of the fire is not in question.
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06 Nov 2017, 23:42
GMATNinja Thank you for the reply.Just to add a few points. C is the conclusion of the author.A is the logical conclusion as per the evidence since you agree with me regarding the technical possibility of Thomas not seeing the fire.
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