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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 authorâ€™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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30 Oct 2005, 17:29
C.
in 1982, there were 50,000 adoptions. This does not necessary means there were only 50, 000 children available for adoption. C confirms that.
Ideally i guess the correct answer should be some combination of A and C as this figure is for last decade.
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30 Oct 2005, 18:02
by POE i would also go for C
however I don't feel it answers so clearly to the question...but C is the best one among the other choices
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30 Oct 2005, 23:49
C is good.

If every child who is there for adoption is adopted, that means there are fewer children for adoption than parents who want to adopt them.
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31 Oct 2005, 03:39
C too. (A) came close for me though.
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31 Oct 2005, 07:05
A. this a trap answer, what if the numbers of children available for adoption drastically skyrocketed?
B. who cares? this doesn`t illustrate any shortage in the number of children available for adoption.
C. Keep
D. Out of scope
E. Ridiculously out of scope

C wins because all children available for adoption are, in essentially, adopted. The waiting line must be long...
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31 Oct 2005, 07:19
Another C.

We need to strengthen the argument that there are MORE children and not enough parents. We want to look for answers that will either increase the number of children or decrease the number of parents.

A - This would imply that the number of parents are increasing.
B - Not adequate
D - Out of scope
E - Out of Scope.

nakib77 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 authorтАЩs 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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31 Oct 2005, 08:16
It is a straight C.
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02 Nov 2005, 18:06
OA is C
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02 Nov 2005, 18:06
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