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The lower the cost of distributing fliers, the more retail establishments will distribute fliers, and retail establishments that distribute fliers generally charge less for items listed in the fliers than retail establishments that do not distribute fliers charge for equivalent items. Thus, if the government subsidized the distribution of fliers by retail establishments, the cost to consumers for retail items will drop.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the author’s conclusion about the cost of retail goods to consumers?
A: The government has recently offered some subsidies to retail establishments to facilitate newspaper and radio advertisements.
B: It is highly unlikely that the government would subsidize the distribution of fliers by retail establishments.
C: Retail establishments that distribute fliers usually offer goods of a quality comparable to those of retail establishments that do distribute fliers.
D: The majority of retail establishments that distribute fliers would continue to do so even without government subsidies.
E: Most retail establishments do not lower their price for particular items when they begin to distribute fliers in which those items are listed
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IMO E

Our conclusion: if the government subsidized the distribution of fliers by retail establishments, the cost to consumers for retail items will drop.

We need to weaken this causal relation here. One of the ways: cause happened but effect not followed. This is what option E says

Cause: the government subsidized the distribution of fliers by retail establishments. Ideally this should follow up with Effect- more retail establishments will distribute fliers and retail establishments will decrease the cost of items for customers that are listed in the fliers.

But effect doesn't happen even when cause occurred and that's what option E says:
Most retail establishments do not lower their price for particular items when they begin to distribute fliers in which those items are listed

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New post 23 Jul 2017, 23:21
The argument says, " retail establishments that distribute fliers generally charge less for items listed in the fliers". Option E clearly undermines this fact by saying that the establishments will not lower prices of the listed items. Hence, I eliminated Option E because it goes against the premise.

Also, I don't understand why Option B is not the answer. The conclusion of the argument says if the govt. subsidizes, then the cost decreases. According to Option B, if the govt. does not subsidize, then the cost will not decrease. Hence, it weakens the conclusion.

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The argument says, " retail establishments that distribute fliers generally charge less for items listed in the fliers". Option E clearly undermines this fact by saying that the establishments will not lower prices of the listed items. Hence, I eliminated Option E because it goes against the premise.

Also, I don't understand why Option B is not the answer. The conclusion of the argument says if the govt. subsidizes, then the cost decreases. According to Option B, if the govt. does not subsidize, then the cost will not decrease. Hence, it weakens the conclusion.

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New post 08 Sep 2017, 19:50
A,B,C are out
D gives out a different plan => out
E is correct even though I do not understand the idea.

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