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Re: The Nordlingen WE luxury sports car uses a special imported rosewood [#permalink]
Between B and D, I go with D. Argument assumes that this "extremely rare commodity" will still be used in the manufacturing of the cars.
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If you negate choice B, wouldn't the argument fall apart?
Can I infer that "major factor" will effect the price?
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RycherX wrote:
If you negate choice B, wouldn't the argument fall apart?
Can I infer that "major factor" will effect the price?


if you negate B, it says that the price of rosewood is not a major contributing factor to the Nordlingen WE's ticket price. but even being a small factor it could factor into the increased price of the car, though it will be small.

now if you refute D, the conclusion will fall apart completely, as the imported rosewood would not be used at all in the new models.
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The Nordlingen WE luxury sports car uses a special imported rosewood in teh extensive wood trimming of its interior. Unfortunately, trade sanctions imposed on the nation that is the primary supplier of that type of rosewood has resulted in a considerable increase in price of the now extremly rare commodity. Purchasers of new models of the Nordlingen WE can expect to see that increase reflected in an increase in the Nordlingen's ticket price.

The conclusion above is based on which of the following assumptions?

1) The price of the NOrlingen WE would not have risen even if trade sanctions hadn't been imposed on the primary supplier of the Nordlingen's rosewood.
2) The price of rosewood is a major contributing factor to the Nordlingen WE's ticket price.
3) More of the imported rosewood is used for the Nordlingen WE's wood trim than for any other domestic purpose.
4) The imported rosewood will continue to be used for the wood trim in new models of the Nordlingen WE.
5) There was no some reason for the imposition of trade sanctions on the primary supplier of the rosewood of sufficient importance to outweigh the concerns of domestic rosewood customers.



I think D .
A - That is a fact
B - Well this may be as assumption
C - Out of context
D - Assumtion stronger than B
E - Out of context
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The Nordlingen WE luxury sports car uses a special imported rosewood [#permalink]
Oh, I got some mistakes. After reread the passage, I concur that D is the best answer.

Let me crack B,
The conclusion must base on assumption that rosewood will still used in next generation of WE models.
B reveals flaw when we cast doubt on the MAJOR FACTOR, wonder what will happen if it is NOT major factor, but rather second or third factor? Price of WE still increases!

Therefore, D is BEST :D
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The Nordlingen WE luxury sports car uses a special imported rosewood in the extensive wood trimming of its interior. Unfortunately, trade sanctions imposed on the nation that is the primary supplier of that type of rosewood has resulted in a considerable increase in price of the now extremely rare commodity. Purchasers of new models of the Nordlingen WE can expect to see that increase reflected in an increase in the Norlingen's ticket price.

The conclusion above is based on which of the following assumptions?

a.The price of the Norlingen WE would not have risen even if trade sanctions hadn't been imposed on the primary supplier of the Nordlingen's rosewood.
b.The price of rosewood is a major contributing factor to the Nordlingen WE's ticket price.
c.More of the imported rosewood is used for the Nordlingen WE's wood trim than for any other domestic purpose.
d.The imported rosewood will continue to be used for the wood trim in new models of the Nordlingen WE.
e.There was not some reason for the imposition of trade sanctions on the primary supplier of the rosewood of sufficient importance to outweigh the concerns of domestic rosewood consumers.


First read and A, C and E are out.

B/w B & D apply negation tech. i.e. after negating the assumption should weaken the argument.
negating D demolishes the argument ... so go with D

always use negation in Assumption Q when stuck (only after eliminating a few options) !
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Re: The Nordlingen WE luxury sports car uses a special imported rosewood [#permalink]
Hello,

I am also torn regarding why B is not the correct answer. Could someone please provide insight about why B is out? It seems like a valid argument to me.

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Hello,

I am also torn regarding why B is not the correct answer. Could someone please provide insight about why B is out? It seems like a valid argument to me.

Thank you!


lexis and ankita nail it above - it's that addition of the word "major" that dooms (B). We don't need rosewood to be a MAJOR factor in the price...as long as it's a factor at all, then the increase in rosewood cost can still be reflected in the overall price.

Two big lessons here:

1) Precision in wording matters! Especially in the cases of the conclusions of arguments, the major premise leading to a conclusion, or assumption answer choices, if an adjective (like "major") or modifier is added, it's usually a huge deal.

Here without "major" (B) would be correct. But like lexis and ankita mentioned, we don't need rosewood to be a major cost contributor, and assumptions are necessary premises.

2) Whenever a conclusion of a strengthen/weaken/assumption question, or the objective of a plan/strategy question, mentions an increase or decrease, even a marginal increase or decrease will satisfy that! Unless that conclusion/objective specifically calls out a threshold (a major reduction, a 50% increase), then you just need to get some, even small, level of increase/decrease. But the testmakers know that your mind wants to go to a big increase/decrease, so there will be trap answers that tempt you with "but it won't be that big of an increase/decrease." Make sure you stay tight to the actual conclusion, which in this case is just "an increase."
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