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The only purpose for which a particular type of tape is needed is to hold certain surgical wounds closed for ten days—the maximum time such wounds need tape. Newtape is a new brand of this type of tape. Newtape’s salespeople claim that Newtape will improve healing because Newtape adheres twice as long as the currently used tape does.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously call into question the claim made by Newtape’s salespeople?


(A) Most surgical wounds take about ten days to heal.

(B) Most surgical tape is purchased by hospitals and clinics rather than by individual surgeons.

(C) The currently used tape’s adhesiveness is more than sufficient to hold wounds closed for ten days.

(D) Neither Newtape nor the currently used tape adheres well to skin that has not been cleaned.

(E) Newtape’s adhesion to skin that has been coated with a special chemical preparation is only half as good as the currently used tape’s adhesion to such coated skin.

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Are the sales ppl saying that the new tape is better than the old tape?

Meh: "Newtape’s salespeople claim that Newtape will improve healing." Healing is dependent on holding time (max needed - 10 days).

"Better" is sort of implied, but we have to think objectively.

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They claim that the new tape will hold on the wound for 20 days,

No, they do not. They say it will hold twice as long. We're never actually given the amount of time that the current tape holds, only the max amount of time required to complete healing.

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so this will iprove healing. What if, we can show that the new tape is half the adhesive powered as compared to the old tape then the new tape will not hold longer. So, their claim that it will improve the healing will be weaken.

So, E should be the OA.

Sure, but none of the answers given say this. E talks about 'specially treated' skin, and says NewTape is only half as good as current tape, but we're never told what the current tape's performance is on that chemically treated skin (or otherwise, for that matter). Like in my last post, what if it's 80 days? Then NewTape holds for 40 days, both are sufficient for healing.

C is the only answer that gives us the crucial puzzle piece: how long does the current tape hold? (and is it equal to, greater than or less than 10 days?) Turns out it's >10 days, rendering NewTape redundant (and possibly annoying).
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Confusion should be between C and E.

E is incorrect because it is trying to break the Facts. Remember, in an Argument, a Fact is a source of truth which cannot be broken down.

Option C clearly says that the current adhesiveness is more than sufficient, so why do we need an increase in adhesiveness. Hence, a weakener and a correct answer.
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Can someone please explain me why option E is wrong?


Hey kingyoungin211 ,

E is wrong because our argument is talking about how long do we have the adhesiveness. We are no where concerned whether it is good tape or bad tape.

Option E never says that it won't last twice long. Hence, it is no where weakening the argument.

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the claim is that the adhesiveness is stronger and that the wound will heal faster. The question asks us to undermine the claims A and/or B. So shouldn't we choose an answer choice that undermines the claim factually rather than undermining the claims effectiveness?


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Tape is used to hold wounds closed for ten days the maximum time such wounds need tape.

Claim:Newtape will improve healing because Newtape adheres twice as long as the currently used tape does.

How do we weaken this!!!!

because its already mentioned that Max time to hold a wound is 10days. if we can prove that the present tape holds good for 10days, and even though the newtape is capable of holding wound for longer time its of no use.

Option C does it.....
C)The currently used tape’s adhesiveness is more than sufficient to hold wounds closed for ten days.


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Option C does it.....
C)The currently used tape’s adhesiveness is more than sufficient to hold wounds closed for ten days.

I'd agree with this.

The claim is that it "will prove healing."

Improving healing is based on 1) how long the wound takes to heal and 2) how long the tape holds.
The sentence says that the max healing time is 10 days.

So a) would actually improve the claim because it undermines the "max 10 days" thing, suggesting a potential use for the new tape.
b) As someone said, is out of scope.
d) and e) are referencing situations (clean skin, chemically treated skin) that are not referenced in the opening sentence, and one can assume such situations are irrelevant or redundant (what kind of doctor is going to dress a dirty wound?)

c) doesn't contradict the "max 10 days" and it goes on to state that current tape will hold for 10 days or more, meaning the new tape would act no differently, thereby NOT improving (or deterring) healing.

So by logic AND processes of elimination it's gotta be C.
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One question:
Are the sales ppl saying that the new tape is better than the old tape?

They claim that the new tape will hold on the wound for 20 days, so this will iprove healing. What if, we can show that the new tape is half the adhesive powered as compared to the old tape then the new tape will not hold longer. So, their claim that it will improve the healing will be weaken.

So, E should be the OA.
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I believe that this option can be called as irrelevant because it is in a way trying to contradict the adhesive capacity of the newton's tape, which has been stated as a fact in the argument and hence, cannot be challenged

Correct - you cannot weaken the argument by contradicting facts presented in the argument.
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Hello experts !!
My concern is that i am unable to decide as to on what basis can i eliminate option E ?

For the very reason stated above, eliminate E.
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The only purpose for which a particular type of tape is needed is to hold certain surgical wounds closed for ten days—the maximum time such wounds need tape. Newtape is a new brand of this type of tape. Newtape’s salespeople claim that Newtape will improve healing because Newtape adheres twice as long as the currently used tape does.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously call into question the claim made by Newtape’s salespeople?

(A) Most surgical wounds take about ten days to heal.
(B) Most surgical tape is purchased by hospitals and clinics rather than by individual surgeons.
(C) The currently used tape’s adhesiveness is more than sufficient to hold wounds closed for ten days.
(D) Neither Newtape nor the currently used tape adheres well to skin that has not been cleaned.
(E) Newtape’s adhesion to skin that has been coated with a special chemical preparation is only half as good as the currently used tape’s adhesion to such coated skin.

In the question one is required to dismiss the claims by the sales person.THe argument says that the wounds req tape for no more than 10 day.
Current tapes provide protection for 10 days already
then why will new tape be required at all. Option C weakens the most.
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So what is the claim of new tape’s salespeople? Newtape will improve healing. Lets call adhesiveness of old tape x. new tape has it 2x. but X is sufficient to hold the tape for 10 days, which is sufficient time to heal a wound.

Is increasing the adhesiveness to 2x is going to heal the wound any faster ? Wound will heal in 10 days. keeping healed wound taped for 10 more days is not going to solve anything at all.C is on the same line. C is the correct option.
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Funny tag - DEBATABLE OA :D

Few guys called E as an answer. Lets analyse E.

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Newtape’s adhesion to skin that has been coated with a special chemical preparation is only half as good as the currently used tape’s adhesion to such coated skin.


Too many assumptions are carried by this choice. Why someone Coat their skin with this special chemical preparation. for such special case why to judge both of these tapes, after all noone in real life is going to use in such ways.
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RaviChandra wrote:
Option C does it.....
C)The currently used tape’s adhesiveness is more than sufficient to hold wounds closed for ten days.

I'd agree with this.

The claim is that it "will prove healing."

Improving healing is based on 1) how long the wound takes to heal and 2) how long the tape holds.
The sentence says that the max healing time is 10 days.

So a) would actually improve the claim because it undermines the "max 10 days" thing, suggesting a potential use for the new tape.
b) As someone said, is out of scope.
d) and e) are referencing situations (clean skin, chemically treated skin) that are not referenced in the opening sentence, and one can assume such situations are irrelevant or redundant (what kind of doctor is going to dress a dirty wound?)

c) doesn't contradict the "max 10 days" and it goes on to state that current tape will hold for 10 days or more, meaning the new tape would act no differently, thereby NOT improving (or deterring) healing.

So by logic AND processes of elimination it's gotta be C.


Could you please explain why A actually improve the claim? If the wounds only take exactly 10 days to heal, isn't it strengthen the usefulness of the used tape?
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Could you please explain why A actually improve the claim? If the wounds only take exactly 10 days to heal, isn't it strengthen the usefulness of the used tape?


Hey akara2500 ,

By saying "improve" the claim, The user, I believe, meant choice A supports or strengthens the claims.

Your reasoning is perfectly fine. That is the reason A is incorrect.

Does that make sense?
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kingyoungin211 wrote:
Can someone please explain me why option E is wrong?


Hey kingyoungin211 ,

E is wrong because our argument is talking about how long do we have the adhesiveness. We are no where concerned whether it is good tape or bad tape.

Option E never says that it won't last twice long. Hence, it is no where weakening the argument.

Does that make sense?



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Confusion should be between C and E.

E is incorrect because it is trying to break the Facts. Remember, in an Argument, a Fact is a source of truth which cannot be broken down.

Option C clearly says that the current adhesiveness is more than sufficient, so why do we need an increase in adhesiveness. Hence, a weakener and a correct answer.



the claim is that the adhesiveness is stronger and that the wound will heal faster. The question asks us to undermine the claims A and/or B. So shouldn't we choose an answer choice that undermines the claim factually rather than undermining the claims effectiveness?
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shivamtibrewala wrote:
the claim is that the adhesiveness is stronger and that the wound will heal faster. The question asks us to undermine the claims A and/or B. So shouldn't we choose an answer choice that undermines the claim factually rather than undermining the claims effectiveness?


Hey shivamtibrewala ,

Remember that on GMAT, breaking a premise is STRICTLY not allowed. Facts/premises are the source of truth on which the entire argument holds.

Only thing that you can break is the Conclusion.

Does that make sense?

Thanks abhimahna!

Yes, we are only trying to undermine the claim that "Newtape will improve healing." Choice (C) does this (without undermining any of the given facts), so it is the best answer.
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