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To complete buildings that are similar in size, design, and complexity

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To complete buildings that are similar in size, design, and complexity, construction companies working in Zone A usually take longer than those in Zone B. The equipment used by construction companies in Zone A is more sophisticated than that available to such companies operating in Zone B. It can be said that construction companies in Zone A are far less proficient than those operating in Zone B.

To evaluate the argument, it would be most useful to form a comparison between


A) the amount of time construction companies in each of the zones need to form a presentation aiming at earning participation in a new building project

B) the perception and expertise utilized by the manufacturers of the building equipment used by construction companies in the respective zones

C) the cost of the materials used in the construction of a standard building intended for housing purposes in each zone

D) the efficiency of the offices of the respective zones involved in processing the bureaucratic paperwork required for a construction project

E) the style of architecture implemented in the creation of a typical building constructed in each of the zones
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To complete buildings that are similar in size, design, and complexity, construction companies working in Zone A usually take longer than those in Zone B. The equipment used by construction companies in Zone A is more sophisticated than that available to such companies operating in Zone B. It can be said that construction companies in Zone A are far less proficient than those operating in Zone B.

To evaluate the argument, it would be most useful to form a comparison between

A) the amount of time construction companies in each of the zones need to form a presentation aiming at earning participation in a new building project.... PRESENTATION NOT BEING DISCUSSED HERE....proficiency of construction companies is.... INCORRECT
B) the perception and expertise utilized by the manufacturers of the building equipment used by construction companies in the respective zones....BOTH USING SAME EQUIPMENT SO expertise utilized by the manufacturers of the building equipment COMMON TO BOTH..... INCORRECT
C) the cost of the materials used in the construction of a standard building intended for housing purposes in each zone....COST NOT DISCUSSED HERE.... INCORRECT
D) the efficiency of the offices of the respective zones involved in processing the bureaucratic paperwork required for a construction project..... YA ... IF THAT BE SO ..THE REASON FOR THE DIFFERENT CONSTRUCTION TIMINGS COULD BE UNDERSTOOD... CORRECT
E) the style of architecture implemented in the creation of a typical building constructed in each of the zones
BOTH HAVE SAME STYLE HENCE IRRELEVANT ... INCORRECT .
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New post 02 Sep 2015, 12:51
To solve this Investigation question, first break down the argument. The first two sentences are premises, citing facts. The last sentence uses the conclusion phrase It can be said that, letting us know that it's the conclusion:

Premise A: to build a given building, companies in Zone A take longer than those in Zone B
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Premise B: the building equipment in Zone A is better than that in Zone B
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Conclusion: Zone A construction companies are not as good as those in Zone B

Vital factor: ?

You are required to find the factor which is most crucial to the author's conclusion. The correct answer is an unknown factor which could support or weaken the conclusion depending on its outcome.



Answer D

This answer choice introduces a factor that can affect time and, therefore, is relevant to the conclusion. If the offices on Zone A are just as efficient as those in Zone B, then it is more likely that the lengthy building process in Zone A is related to the actual construction management and workers.

However, if Zone A has terrible bureaucracy and more red-tape than Zone B, then their construction companies are probably less to blame for taking a long time to finish projects.
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