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# The lack of time spent between married

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12 Oct 2018, 12:48
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The lack of time spent between married couples is a leading cause of divorce. Divorce lawyers report that over the past five years the proportion of couples citing limited time spent together as the sole reason for their divorce has gone up. Therefore, either married couples are spending even less time together than they used to five years ago, or they have become more sensitive to this issue.

Which of the following, if true, weakens the argument above?

(A)Divorce rates haven’t shot up considerably in the last five years.

(B)The number of lawyers handling divorce has not decreased significantly over the past five years.

(C)Factors other than the lack of time spent are responsible for divorce in many cases.

(D)Five years ago, it was relatively less easy to prove subjective issues such as compatibility, lack of time spent, etc. in court to obtain divorce.

(E)The time spent by people in their occupation related tasks has increased in the last five years.
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12 Oct 2018, 23:18
Is Option C wrong because the of the word "Many"?
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12 Oct 2018, 23:39
Nope.C is wrong because it is very far away from the requirement.Other factors is so very out of scope.We are talking about lack of time leading to divorces.We have to weaken “couples are spending less time together”.

D says couples were spending less time even previously.There is nothing new with spending less time.

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13 Oct 2018, 00:21
sahanas wrote:
Is Option C wrong because the of the word "Many"?

Hisahanas,
Let me try to explain why option C is incorrect.

Well last line of the question stem author concludes that ' there can be only two possible reasons why there is reported increase in the proportion of couples citing limited time spent together as the sole reason for their divorce.'

when he states the conclusion of the passage, he is talking of a group who mentioned 'lack of time spent together ' as sole reason .

Now option C:
Let me re frame this choice

In many cases, factors other than the lack of time spent are responsible for divorce

Are we talking about all cases or some specific cases? Specific Cases Right. Cases in which couples mentioned 'lack of time'

Argument (conclusion) no way says that these are the only factors that caused the divorce.
Look at the opening statement of author " The lack of time spent between married couples is a leading cause of divorce. " Does this mean that other factors are not the cause of divorce . No

Author is concluding on the basis of a particular group who mentioned the said reason.

However you might want to take a minute and see how the argument is constructed.
The lack of time spent between married couples is a leading cause of divorce. ( Author presents some observation)

Divorce lawyers report that over the past five years the proportion of couples citing limited time spent together as the sole reason for their divorce has gone up. ( Author presents some data )

Therefore, either married couples are spending even less time together than they used to five years ago, or they have become more sensitive to this issue. ( author presents his conclusion)

Let me know if this helps.

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Re: The lack of time spent between married   [#permalink] 13 Oct 2018, 00:21
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