aragonn wrote:
There are fewer apartments available for rent in the city than there are recent immigrants looking for apartments. This month, over three thousand immigrants are expected to arrive in the city but two months ago, there were only five hundred apartments that were leased.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim that there are fewer apartments available for rent than there are recent immigrants looking for apartments?
A. The immigrant population is rising significantly over the past few years.
B. The number of apartments leased last months is greater than the number of apartments leased two months ago.
C. The number of apartments leased in a month is generally approximately equal to the number of apartments available for lease.
D. The lease contract of a big chunk of houses is supposed to end this month.
E. Immigrants stay long enough in an apartment to continue the lease into the next year, reducing the number of apartments available for rent the next year.
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expert globalIMO answer is C
A. The immigrant population is rising significantly over the past few years.
- Incorrect. This is a generic statement. It doesn't strengthen the argumentB. The number of apartments leased last months is greater than the number of apartments leased two months ago.
- Incorrect. This weakens the argument as it says that the number of apartments is going to increase and it doesn't talk about apartments that can be available.C. The number of apartments leased in a month is generally approximately equal to the number of apartments available for lease.
- Correct. This tells us that there were 500 leased apartments and no apartments available. Hence number of immigrants are greaterD. The lease contract of a big chunk of houses is supposed to end this month.
- Incorrect. This weakens the argument by telling us that number of apartments available is going to increase.E. Immigrants stay long enough in an apartment to continue the lease into the next year, reducing the number of apartments available for rent the next year.
- Incorrect. This is irrelevant as it doesn't talk about the required informationIF we go by your logic that no of immigrants is less than the no of homes available for rent, how do you account for the no of houses that might have become available . It might be possible that in the next two months no of house available for rent might be more than 3000 or fewer . But since we dont know can we say this strengths the arguement .
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