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# There are far fewer children available for adoption than

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There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who
want to adopt. Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982,
the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.

Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim
that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who

(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of
children available for adoption in that period.
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of
interviews and investigation by adoption agencies.
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents.

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02 Feb 2010, 04:44
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This argument is yet another example of "shift of the scope" trick that GMAC so loves to pull out.

Premise
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Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.

That's simply a statement of fact. The number of people who want to adopt is compared with the number of adoptions

Conclusion
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There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt.

In this conclusion number of people who want to adopt is compared with children available for adoption. This comparison is quite different from that in the premise. If we want to show validity of the conclusion - we somehow should establish following connection:

Answ (C) does exactly the same
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31 Jan 2010, 14:16
There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who
want to adopt. Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982,
the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim
that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who
(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of
children available for adoption in that period.
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of
interviews and investigation by adoption agencies.
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents.

Would go with C....

C strengths the no of adoption with the available children..... this gives the statement in the stem - "but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions." clear significance that no of children are few....!
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01 Feb 2010, 10:31
Yep, I agree with jeeteshsingh. C unambiguously strengthens the argument by pegging the number of children available for adoption to a concrete number, which is far less than the concrete number of parents looking to adopt.
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02 Feb 2010, 02:48
I would go with C as well.
What is the debatable OA?
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02 Feb 2010, 06:13
yep C.

The argument --far fewer children for adpation--is based on the fact that there are millions waiting to adapt but only 50,000 adpated in a year. The assumption must be that 50000 children were the only the available ones for adpation.
C confirms that assumption.
D and E are out of scope.
A does not generate any discussion.
B is tricky. It could be the answer if we knew how many people were waiting to adopt in the previous years.
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23 Sep 2010, 22:54
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This argument is yet another example of "shift of the scope" trick that GMAC so loves to pull out.

Premise
Quote:
Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.

That's simply a statement of fact. The number of people who want to adopt is compared with the number of adoptions

Conclusion
Quote:
There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt.

In this conclusion number of people who want to adopt is compared with children available for adoption. This comparison is quite different from that in the premise. If we want to show validity of the conclusion - we somehow should establish following connection:

Answ (C) does exactly the same

Good explanation. No wonder you got a 47 on verbal. kudos to you.

Premise is just a fact here. I see the trick. Premise is trying to distract you. If C is not true then the conclusion falls apart.
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15 Dec 2010, 02:45
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There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt. Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?
(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last decade.
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of adoptions in any preceding year.
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period.
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of interviews and investigation by adoption agencies.
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents.
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15 Dec 2010, 07:24
Premise: 2 million people are looking out for children and there were only 50,000 adoptions - This could be due there is a lack of children left to be adopted as the author says or there could be some other reasons. We are required to prove that there are no other options but fewer children available.

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There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt. Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?
(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last decade. Doesn't matter - Out of scope
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of adoptions in any preceding year.Doesn't matter - Out of scope
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period. This says no children are left to be adopted, which means there are fewer children . Demand exceeds Supply
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of interviews and investigation by adoption agencies. - This says that there is another reason for less adoption, which means there are children but the policies makes it difficult - hence weakens
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents. - I dont care
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15 Dec 2010, 07:58
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Premise: 2 million people are looking out for children and there were only 50,000 adoptions - This could be due there is a lack of children left to be adopted as the author says or there could be some other reasons. We are required to prove that there are no other options but fewer children available.

mundasingh123 wrote:
There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt. Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?
(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last decade. Doesn't matter - Out of scope
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of adoptions in any preceding year.Doesn't matter - Out of scope
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period. This says no children are left to be adopted, which means there are fewer children . Demand exceeds Supply
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of interviews and investigation by adoption agencies. - This says that there is another reason for less adoption, which means there are children but the policies makes it difficult - hence weakens
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents. - I dont care
This posts invites Discussions not answers - ROGER THAT
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i tnink u have misread the stimulus . Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions
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15 Dec 2010, 11:32
I still think C would be vaild even though the figure of 50K is from 1982. The fact is this proves that the suuply is short just because there is less children up for adoption rather than some other reason -strengthens argument by alleviating assunption.

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15 Dec 2010, 13:41
+1 C
Roger that
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16 Dec 2010, 03:06
Its between A & C
but A doesnot tell anything about increase of decrease of the children.

Not fully convience with C , but in between A nd C , C is better..
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I am finding some problems to buy the explanations given earlier. As the question states, we need to find the statement to strengthen the claim "far fewer children available".

Where option C can support the claim as "fewer children available", it does not support the claim "far fewer" from any angle. I can easily interpret that demand is equal or marginally more than the supply.

Option A states "The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly". In case the statement used the word "wishing" or "wanting" or something similar instead of "waiting", this option could have been ignored. But, when the number of couples, who are waiting, is increasing significantly, definitely demand is equal or more than supply. I don't believe couples would wait should there be necessary supply.

I do not see any reason which can clearly make option C standout over option A. I will appreciate any proper explanation to support C over A.
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I am finding some problems to buy the explanations given earlier. As the question states, we need to find the statement to strengthen the claim "far fewer children available".

Where option C can support the claim as "fewer children available", it does not support the claim "far fewer" from any angle. I can easily interpret that demand is equal or marginally more than the supply.

Option A states "The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly". In case the statement used the word "wishing" or "wanting" or something similar instead of "waiting", this option could have been ignored. But, when the number of couples, who are waiting, is increasing significantly, definitely demand is equal or more than supply. I don't believe couples would wait should there be necessary supply.

I do not see any reason which can clearly make option C standout over option A. I will appreciate any proper explanation to support C over A.

A speaks about last decade, i think here we are talking about present decade and that's why i chose C, but A is a good contender, please correct me if i am wrong
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18 Dec 2011, 08:14
2 million couple waiting for adoption, but in 1982 only some 50,000 adoptions. The preceding premise stated that the children need adopting are fewer than the people want to adopt. So, this is clear that the 50.000 adoption is inferred that The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period.

Choice C is correct one.
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I am finding some problems to buy the explanations given earlier. As the question states, we need to find the statement to strengthen the claim "far fewer children available".

Where option C can support the claim as "fewer children available", it does not support the claim "far fewer" from any angle. I can easily interpret that demand is equal or marginally more than the supply.

Option A states "The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly". In case the statement used the word "wishing" or "wanting" or something similar instead of "waiting", this option could have been ignored. But, when the number of couples, who are waiting, is increasing significantly, definitely demand is equal or more than supply. I don't believe couples would wait should there be necessary supply.

I do not see any reason which can clearly make option C standout over option A. I will appreciate any proper explanation to support C over A.

A speaks about last decade, i think here we are talking about present decade and that's why i chose C, but A is a good contender, please correct me if i am wrong

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18 Dec 2011, 08:59
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2 million couple waiting for adoption, but in 1982 only some 50,000 adoptions. The preceding premise stated that the children need adopting are fewer than the people want to adopt. So, this is clear that the 50.000 adoption is inferred that The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period.

Choice C is correct one.

Here the reasoning has no connection with the given options. Rather this a paraphrase of the original statement. I believe we need to answer based on the given choices. Does really option C imply demand to be scanty?
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26 Dec 2011, 10:16
Argument is that number of children available for adoption is less then number of parent trying to adopt
E is irrelevant and so is D
A state’s growth in parent
B is irrelevant to argument
SO C is remaining and it states that children ready for adoption and adopted cild rate is more or less same, which mean only few children were deemed as not fit for adoption, thus proving the argument
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