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This year, our company has moved its call center service team from wit

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This year, our company has moved its call center service team from within the country to an offshore location. Some members of our organization have questioned whether we are providing equal customer service, per dollar of cost, as we did before. We most certainly are, as is indicated by our satisfaction surveys administered at random to people who call the company help line.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?


(A) The first questions the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.

(B) The first gives the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for the conclusion of the argument.

(C) The first states the conclusion of the argument; the second calls that conclusion into question.

(D) The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument ; the second indicates the content of that conclusion.

(E) Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument.

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Originally posted by Nightfury14 on 18 Jul 2016, 06:24.
Last edited by Bunuel on 03 Sep 2019, 05:07, edited 3 times in total.
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The strongest opinion language, and therefore the most useful language in the prompt, is the non-bold phrase text right between the two bold sections. "We most certainly are" is the author's conclusion.

This conclusion is directly followed by the very useful phrase 'as is indicated by'. This phrase tells us that what follows is evidence. So the second bold bit is evidence for the author's conclusion. This eliminates answer choices C and D.

i think the most useful phrases to keep in mind for the first bold bit are the conclusion again ("we most certainly are") and the the phrase "some have questioned' which indicates a non-author opinion (in this case skeptical questioning).

The author's conclusion on its own doesn't really mean anything. "We most certainly are" is clearly a strong claim but we have no idea what it means. We most certainly are...are what? In other words the phrase on its own does not give the content of the conclusion. The content is given in the first bold section. We most certainly are 'providing equal service per dollar....'. This matches answer B.

The phrase that precedes the first bold bit can be helpful in eliminating tempting wrong answers. "Some have questioned..." indicates that what follows is not necessarily the author's opinion. Indeed, we know from the author's conclusion that the author confidently answers 'no' to the question posed by 'some'

So the first bold bit is a question posed by somebody else (a question that the author's conclusion answers 'no' to). In other words, the first bold bit is definitely not evidence for the author's conclusion. So E can't be correct.

Comparing verbs in answer choices can be a good way to find answers that get the opinion wrong. Answer A) starts "the first questions..." Answer B) starts "the first gives" One big difference is that 'question' is opinionated and 'gives' is not. Even though A repeats a word from the prompt, A suggests that the author is doing the questioning; answer A suggests that the author is skeptical of her own conclusion. In contrast, answer B doesn't give the author any opinion that isn't hers.
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Nightfury14 wrote:
This year, our company has moved its call center service team from within the country to an offshore location. Some members of our organization have questioned whether we are providing equal customer service, per dollar of cost, as we did before. We most certainly are, as is indicated by our satisfaction surveys administered at random to people who call the company help line.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

(a) The first questions the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.
(b) The first gives the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for the conclusion of the argument.
(c) The first states the conclusion of the argument; the second calls that conclusion into question.
(d) The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument ; the second indicates the content of that conclusion.
(e) Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument.




The conclusion is given below in Green !!

This year, our company has moved its call center service team from within the country to an offshore location. Some members of our organization have questioned whether we are providing equal customer service, per dollar of cost, as we did before. We most certainly are, [b]as is indicated by our satisfaction surveys administered at random to people who call the company help line.

(a) The first questions the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.
(b) The first gives the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for the conclusion of the argument.
(c) The first states the conclusion of the argument; the second calls that conclusion into question.
(d) The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument ; the second indicates the content of that conclusion.
(e) Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument.
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was stuck in B and E ..after

analysing that in E , first statement is not supporting the conclusion, i marked it out.

B.


2nd statement of course supports the conclusion
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New post 26 Apr 2019, 11:07
Great question. The fact that whether was not bolded changes the answer to the problem. You have to look at every word in every problem!
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Nightfury14 wrote:
This year, our company has moved its call center service team from within the country to an offshore location. Some members of our organization have questioned whether we are providing equal customer service, per dollar of cost, as we did before. We most certainly are, as is indicated by our satisfaction surveys administered at random to people who call the company help line.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?


(a) The first questions the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for that conclusion.

(b) The first gives the content of the conclusion of the argument; the second provides support for the conclusion of the argument.

(c) The first states the conclusion of the argument; the second calls that conclusion into question.

(d) The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument ; the second indicates the content of that conclusion.

(e) Each provides support for the conclusion of the argument.


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Reading the question: since this is a boldfaced question, our task is to identify the role of each sentence in the argument given.

Sentence

Starts With.../Includes...

Function

1st

"This year, our company has moved"

Fact

2nd

"questioned whether we are providing"

Question raised (with implicit opinion)

3rd

"We most certainly are, as is..."

Opinion + evidence answering question

The first sentence gives a fact, in bold. The second gives a question that has been raised, with an implied opinion. That question is in bold. The third gives a direct opinion, contrary to the implied opinion, with a piece of evidence attached on the end.

Applying the filter: according to the answer choices, the first bold part either "lends support" or "states the conclusion." But the content of the conclusion is not the first statement--it's the second one. We are providing equal customer service, per dollar of cost, as we did before. That's what the author believes. So choices (A) and (C) are out. We look for an answer choice that attributes the second boldfaced sentence correctly. Only (B) makes that attribution correctly.

The correct answer is (B).
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