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# The owner of a plant nursery experiences frequent stock shortages

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01 Feb 2018, 00:26
VeritasPrepBrian wrote:
Hey everyone - sorry to be so late in discovering this thread, but since this is one of our questions I should clarify. We have the official answer as D (as it looks like most of you, do, too). That "E" in the initial post must just be a typo.

One of the important lessons on this one is that details in adjectives and modifiers really matter on Critical Reasoning questions. If you fixate on the phrase "for the most popular fruit tree species" (that's where the inventory shortages come from), that means that there are not necessarily shortages for any other type of plant, allowing plenty of revenue growth to come from those others.

VeritasPrepBrian ,
Can you kindly elaborate on options D & E
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01 Feb 2018, 10:59
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Absolutely! So arguably the biggest key to Critical Reasoning is "precision in language" - the precise words that the argument uses make a massive difference, so be prepared to split hairs. Here, as far as D vs. E, those words are:

1) "overall" in "He expects overall sales at the nursery to increase 30% over the next five years"

Overall sales means that the sales increase doesn't necessarily have to come from the most popular fruit tree, but rather can come from any type of plant. Remember - the only shortage we know about is in the most popular fruit tree. So if D is true and most of the sales increase comes from plants that haven't had the shortages, then he has reason to be confident. The tree that he has the biggest shortage of won't be a limiting factor in meeting that demand. This is what makes D work.

2) "revenue" in "he is confident that this increase is sufficient to meet his customers’ demand and maximise revenue"

Here's why E is dead wrong: costs are not part of revenue! Of course, in the real world this owner should be thinking about profits and not just revenues, but the argument we're dealing with is specific to revenues. So costs don't matter at all for this question.
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01 Feb 2018, 20:12
I choose option D as option E does not mention anything about the revenue.
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08 Feb 2018, 02:24
Choice (C) does not compare the experimental microwave dryer to existing conventional dryers. Rather, choice (C) compares the experimental microwave dryer (i.e. the prototype) to future improved microwave models. In other words, they currently have an experimental prototype, and the new, improved models will use less electricity than the experimental version. That information does NOT allow us to compare the electricity usage of the microwave dryers to that of the conventional dryers on the market today. Thus, (C) should be eliminated.
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23 Mar 2019, 23:26
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