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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

If the statements in the passage are true, which one of the following must also be true?

(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.

(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.

(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.

(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.

(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.

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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

If the statements in the passage are true, which one of the following must also be true?

(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.Not true. We could have one big mammoth and the rest of the 74brands might comprise barely 1% of the market

(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.We have no information of other microwave brands. We cant claim this.

(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.Since microwave popcorn costs 5 times more than conventional popcorn, the reverse is probably true.

(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.This is true. From the stem we know that microwave popcorn account for over half of the microwave food market and popcorn takes 3mins to pop in the microwave. So we know for sure that this statement is true.

(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.Not necessarily true. The other brands in the microwave food brands which are not selling pop-corns could be more than 75

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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

If the statements in the passage are true, which one of the following must also be true?

(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.

(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.

(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.

(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.

(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.


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75 brands of microwave popcorn account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products.
Microwave popcorn takes 3 minutes while conventional takes 7 minutes.
Microwave popcorn costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn.

Conclusion: Many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

We are looking for an inference fro the passage. So the option should have no new information.

(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.
We know there are 75 brands but that doesn't mean that market share is split equally among them. Once brand may have a good 20% chunk or so. A single brand may account for a large share. Note that we don't know what a 'large' share is either. Hence, this is very subjective. It is certainly not our inference.

(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.
We are not given whether any other food product has more brands. It is possible that say, there are 100 brands of ready to cook meals but they all account for only 20% of the sales from microwave food products.

(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.
We do not know this. We know that microwave popcorn is popular but whether more microwave popcorn is sold or conventional popcorn, we are not given.

(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.
Microwave popcorn takes 3 mins to cook and accounts for more than half the sales of microwave food products. So more than half the money spent on microwave food products is spent on microwave popcorn which takes 3 mins to cook. Hence, we can conclude that more money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook. Correct.

(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.
We know that sales of microwave popcorn accounts for more than half but do we know whether microwave popcorn products account for most of the microwave food products on the market? No.

Answer (D)
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(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.
We do not know this. We know that microwave popcorn is popular but whether more microwave popcorn is sold or conventional popcorn, we are not given.
Agree that it is never told whether more people are buying microwave popcorn, but it is clearly mentioned many people are buying.

(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.
Microwave popcorn takes 3 mins to cook and accounts for more than half the sales of microwave food products. So more than half the money spent on microwave food products is spent on microwave popcorn which takes 3 mins to cook. Hence, we can conclude that more money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook. Correct.
It is never discussed whether more people buy products of less than 3 mins than other microwave products. It is just informed that more microwave popcorn is being purchased.

I think D is totally out of scope as it is discussed in terms of Popcorn products for Microwave and conventional variety but not to the relation of any other product's purchase comparison with Microwave Popcorn.

Please correct my understand if I am thinking very differently.

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(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.
We do not know this. We know that microwave popcorn is popular but whether more microwave popcorn is sold or conventional popcorn, we are not given.
Agree that it is never told whether more people are buying microwave popcorn, but it is clearly mentioned many people are buying.


"Many" is not the same as "majority". Out of 100, 30 could also be considered many.

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(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.
Microwave popcorn takes 3 mins to cook and accounts for more than half the sales of microwave food products. So more than half the money spent on microwave food products is spent on microwave popcorn which takes 3 mins to cook. Hence, we can conclude that more money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook. Correct.
It is never discussed whether more people buy products of less than 3 mins than other microwave products. It is just informed that more microwave popcorn is being purchased.

I think D is totally out of scope as it is discussed in terms of Popcorn products for Microwave and conventional variety but not to the relation of any other product's purchase comparison with Microwave Popcorn.

Please correct my understand if I am thinking very differently.


The argument gives you : 75 brands of microwave popcorn account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products.

So you know that microwave popcorn account for more than half the sales from all microwave food products. It compares popcorn to other microwave products. So the text in red in your explanation above is not correct.
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The conclusion is positing an explanation--which is a weak form of causation.
Be on the lookout for the argument to present some phenomenon; and then present an explanation for how or why it happened in the conclusion.
To weaken such an argument, all you need is an alternative explanation.

B provides an alternative explanation for why people purchase so much microwave popcorn--it's not the convenience, but the health factor!

A We want to address the reason why so many people purchase microwave popcorn.
C is irrelevant.
D doesn't give us a difference that could explain why many people choose microwave popcorn.
E may sound tempting, but this doesn't sound like a reason one would choose microwave popcorn!

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All you need is the conclusion to figure out the answer.

Conclusion states that Y (willing to spend more money for micro wave pop corn) happens. And this happens because of X (convenience).

To weaken the conclusion, you need to find an alternate cause for Y. Which is given in option B (micro wave pop corn is less fattening)

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Anyone knows the source of this question? Is it in Aristole's book?

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