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# There have been many complaints about the unpleasant side-effects

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27 Aug 2015, 04:05
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There have been many complaints about the unpleasant side-effects supposedly caused by a new vitamin supplement that was recently released onto the market. The new product has many advantages over its competitors such as the inclusion of antioxidants and iron, and the improvement of the absorption process of the vitamins into the body, to name a few. Clearly, the side-effects are not related to the new product and are simply coincidental.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

A) assumes a correlation between the number of benefits provided by a particular product and its lack of drawbacks
B) does not make a clear comparison between the advantages of the new product and those of any one of its competitors
C) ignores the negative side-effects caused by the new product's competitors
D) fails to include the professional opinion of a medical expert in the field of nutritional science
E) draws a conclusion without presenting factual information that can be logically analyzed

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22 Sep 2015, 01:37
Harley1980 wrote:
There have been many complaints about the unpleasant side-effects supposedly caused by a new vitamin supplement that was recently released onto the market. The new product has many advantages over its competitors such as the inclusion of antioxidants and iron, and the improvement of the absorption process of the vitamins into the body, to name a few. Clearly, the side-effects are not related to the new product and are simply coincidental.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

A) assumes a correlation between the number of benefits provided by a particular product and its lack of drawbacks
B) does not make a clear comparison between the advantages of the new product and those of any one of its competitors
C) ignores the negative side-effects caused by the new product's competitors
D) fails to include the professional opinion of a medical expert in the field of nutritional science
E) draws a conclusion without presenting factual information that can be logically analyzed

I do not think that the answer should be A.
Conclusion: the side-effects are not related to the new product and are simply coincidental

In this case, how can we talk about correlation. The author does not state anything that existence of A also depends of existence of B
The author states that existence of side effects cannot be related to the side effects. I don't see any link here with correlation. The author does not even remotely mention mutual relationship or connection between benefits and side effects.
To me, the answer is E. The assertion that taken from the argument is based on intuition or non-factual information.
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24 Sep 2015, 03:56
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Hi,

Option A nails it on the head.

If you notice, "The new product has many advantages over its competitors such as the inclusion of antioxidants and iron, and the improvement of the absorption process of the vitamins into the body, to name a few."

The argument is trying to talk about "the advantages" rather than address the issue at hand ie. "unpleasant side effects".

Basically the argument in doing so assumes that.. a product that has many advantages has less disadvantages. Hence A.

As per option E... "draws conclusion without presenting factual information" .. this is out of scope.. since "advantages" are hardly of concern to us.. we need a solution for the "side-effects".

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17 Dec 2015, 13:25
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I was able to eliminate B,C and D.

Not sure how A can be better than E.
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20 Oct 2017, 09:38
what type of this question?

Kaplan says flaw questions can be a weaken, or an assumption. To me, it looks like a logic question.
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20 Oct 2017, 09:39
alphaseeker wrote:
Harley1980 wrote:
There have been many complaints about the unpleasant side-effects supposedly caused by a new vitamin supplement that was recently released onto the market. The new product has many advantages over its competitors such as the inclusion of antioxidants and iron, and the improvement of the absorption process of the vitamins into the body, to name a few. Clearly, the side-effects are not related to the new product and are simply coincidental.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

A) assumes a correlation between the number of benefits provided by a particular product and its lack of drawbacks
B) does not make a clear comparison between the advantages of the new product and those of any one of its competitors
C) ignores the negative side-effects caused by the new product's competitors
D) fails to include the professional opinion of a medical expert in the field of nutritional science
E) draws a conclusion without presenting factual information that can be logically analyzed

I do not think that the answer should be A.
Conclusion: the side-effects are not related to the new product and are simply coincidental

In this case, how can we talk about correlation. The author does not state anything that existence of A also depends of existence of B
The author states that existence of side effects cannot be related to the side effects. I don't see any link here with correlation. The author does not even remotely mention mutual relationship or connection between benefits and side effects.
To me, the answer is E. The assertion that taken from the argument is based on intuition or non-factual information.

yes, the answer is A. This is an assumption question and E is out of scope. Everything is obvious.
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