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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 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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16 Nov 2005, 02:13

A. it is a good candidate, from the premise we are not sure whether number of adoption is equal to number of childern available for adoption.

B. it weakens the conclusion

D and E out of scope.
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16 Nov 2005, 02:26
How can it be C?
Conclusion is children available are fewer than the number of adoptions - simply supply is less than demand.

How can C strengthen this conclusion? Isint C saying that demand is equal to supply? I dont get this at all!
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16 Nov 2005, 05:39
rahulraao 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 authorâ€™s claim that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?

(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period.

The author bases on the bold part to withdraw the conclusion.
C is too clear.

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16 Nov 2005, 06:08
I agree with laxieqv's explanation
Demand Supply principle.

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16 Nov 2005, 08:54
Perfect C it is.

Good explanation.

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16 Nov 2005, 12:14
I agree with explanations above. Here a connection between demand and supply must be stated. You even see hints in the passage where the demand now and the supply in 1982 are explicitly stated.

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16 Nov 2005, 12:53
What is the OA?
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16 Nov 2005, 15:03
Got C as well.

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16 Nov 2005, 15:50
laxieqv wrote:
rahulraao 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 authorâ€™s claim that there are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?

(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children available for adoption in that period.

The author bases on the bold part to withdraw the conclusion.
C is too clear.

I guess im losing it!

The passage says 50,000 as available in 1982 and 2 million as wanting to adopt currently. How can we equate 1982 adoption figure to the current figure of people wanting to adopt????
As per C then, currently there are 2 million adoptable children and 2 million wanting to adopt! How does this strengthen the conclusion that supply is less than demand??
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