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# To save time and money on water and maintenance, many homeowners are

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To save time and money on water and maintenance, many homeowners are opting for the use of synthetic potted plants, instead of real plants, for the decoration of the interiors of their homes. The synthetic plants being sold today are very realistic in their details and often quite beautiful. Since most homeowners welcome ways to reduce expenses, synthetic plants are increasing in popularity. Because of these benefits, homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.

The answer to which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?

A. Are synthetic plants replicas of real live plant species, or are they original designs based on common plant forms?

B. Can the efficiency of the photosynthesis of a live indoor plant be affected by the behavior of humans in its surroundings?

C. Do homeowners with live plants spend more than 5% of their overall home expenses on the maintenance of such plants?

D. Are the organic gaseous exchanges of a live plant advantageous to its immediate surrounding environment?

E. What percentage of homeowners are interested in cutting down the costs associated with general home maintenance?

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10 Jun 2018, 21:53
A. Are synthetic plants replicas of real live plant species, or are they original designs based on common plant forms? - irrelevant. The argument is based on the fact that artificial plants are cheaper and look the same as original, thus, they should be purchased.

B. Can the efficiency of the photosynthesis of a live indoor plant be affected by the behavior of humans in its surroundings? - efficiency of photosynthesis does not affect the argument at all. Irrelevant

C. Do homeowners with live plants spend more than 5% of their overall home expenses on the maintenance of such plants?- ok. But, the argument has not put any percentage bar so it is difficult to stand with this option. Move on for now.

D. Are the organic gaseous exchanges of a live plant advantageous to its immediate surrounding environment? - advantage of plants is not the topic. We need something which talks about cost. Irrelevant.

E. What ((percentage of homeowners are interested in cutting down the costs)) associated with general home maintenance? - yes this is what we want. Better than C. If no-one or a small percentage is interested then, the author's claim that most people want to cut down costs would be destroyed and vice versa. Thus, E imo.

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Updated on: 11 Jun 2018, 01:44
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Conclusion : homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.
Links for the conclusion are :
1)most homeowners welcome ways to reduce expenses.
2)Synthetic potted plants are linked to saving of time and money on water and maintenance.

A and E looked the contender to me ...rejected A as no information is provided about how homeowners ll react even if synthetic plants are not exact replica of the live plant ..moreover ,it is known synthetic plants are increasing in popularity.
Hence,rejected A

E breaks the conclusion link if only few homeowners are interested in cutting down the costs associated with general home maintenance

Originally posted by sumitkrocks on 11 Jun 2018, 01:23.
Last edited by sumitkrocks on 11 Jun 2018, 01:44, edited 1 time in total.
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11 Jun 2018, 01:27
According to me C and E are contenders. But because we are looking at the time and money aspect, we need something that addresses the interests of these home owners. E does exactly that.

So IMO E.
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11 Jun 2018, 07:51
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Bunuel wrote:
To save time and money on water and maintenance, many homeowners are opting for the use of synthetic potted plants, instead of real plants, for the decoration of the interiors of their homes. The synthetic plants being sold today are very realistic in their details and often quite beautiful. Since most homeowners welcome ways to reduce expenses, synthetic plants are increasing in popularity. Because of these benefits, homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.

The answer to which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?

A. Are synthetic plants replicas of real live plant species, or are they original designs based on common plant forms?

B. Can the efficiency of the photosynthesis of a live indoor plant be affected by the behavior of humans in its surroundings?

C. Do homeowners with live plants spend more than 5% of their overall home expenses on the maintenance of such plants?

D. Are the organic gaseous exchanges of a live plant advantageous to its immediate surrounding environment?

E. What percentage of homeowners are interested in cutting down the costs associated with general home maintenance?

Imo D

I think the reasoning employed in this question is that the real plants are useless except for their aesthetic value which synthetic plants can easily provide .
The author further states that to reduce cost of the indoor plants , folks should buy more synthetic plants .
Now to evaluate the argument we have to find some new information that would give us hind that real plants do not have any advantage over synthetic plants .
Option D does exactly that .

Are the organic gaseous exchanges of a live plant advantageous to its immediate surrounding environment

If the gaseous exchanges are advantageous then the conclusion is undermined and if the gaseous exchanges is not advantageous then the conclusion is strengthened .

Note in Evaluate question a correct answer choice will both strengthen and weaken the conclusion.
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11 Jun 2018, 08:07
IMO - E

A - Irrelevant as both the type fit the replica required for original plants. There ain't any variance related to the replica discussed in the argument. CHUCK
B- New topic. CHUCK
C- Cost bracketing is not discussed. CHUCK
D- Advantageous to the surroundings thingy - new topic- CHUCK
E- Data point on the premise of the intermediate conclusion. The argument depends on it. If the owners are not worried about the cost, why would they even buy the plastic one? a lot of variances can generate with this data point. So .. the answer.
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11 Jun 2018, 09:25
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IMO - D
Conclusion : homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.
For options A,B,C-> Answering yes or no does not Strengthen or weaken conclusion.

D. Are the organic gaseous exchanges of a live plant advantageous to its immediate surrounding environment?
Answering yes -> It breaks the conclusion “homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.”
Answering No -> It strengthens the conclusion “homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.” It provides one more reason why homeowners should replace live indoor plants with Synthetic plants

E. What percentage of homeowners are interested in cutting down the costs associated with general home maintenance?
It is already given in premise that “most homeowners welcome ways to reduce expenses” . So this option is irrelevant.
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11 Jun 2018, 09:32
Sri21 wrote:
IMO - D
Conclusion : homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.
For options A,B,C-> Answering yes or no does not Strengthen or weaken conclusion.

D. Are the organic gaseous exchanges of a live plant advantageous to its immediate surrounding environment?
Answering yes -> It breaks the conclusion “homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.”
Answering No -> It strengthens the conclusion “homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.” It provides one more reason why homeowners should replace live indoor plants with Synthetic plants

E. What percentage of homeowners are interested in cutting down the costs associated with general home maintenance?
It is already given in premise that “most homeowners welcome ways to reduce expenses” . So this option is irrelevant.

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As per the context of the passage this surrounding is out of scope. As mentioned in the passage -"To save time and money on water and maintenance, many homeowners are opting for the use of synthetic potted plants," so D is irrelevant.

For E- Yes it is there but a data point may show the variance of its presence. Hence we will be able to evaluate .. IMO . Let's wait for the OA
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11 Jun 2018, 11:12
Bunuel wrote:
To save time and money on water and maintenance, many homeowners are opting for the use of synthetic potted plants, instead of real plants, for the decoration of the interiors of their homes. The synthetic plants being sold today are very realistic in their details and often quite beautiful. Since most homeowners welcome ways to reduce expenses, synthetic plants are increasing in popularity. Because of these benefits, homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.

The answer to which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?

A. Are synthetic plants replicas of real live plant species, or are they original designs based on common plant forms?

B. Can the efficiency of the photosynthesis of a live indoor plant be affected by the behavior of humans in its surroundings?

C. Do homeowners with live plants spend more than 5% of their overall home expenses on the maintenance of such plants?

D. Are the organic gaseous exchanges of a live plant advantageous to its immediate surrounding environment?

E. What percentage of homeowners are interested in cutting down the costs associated with general home maintenance?

The stimulus cites time and money as the only 2 factors for favouring live indoor plants with synthetic plants and ignores any other critical factor for the same, option (D) correctly mentions the same...

Hence Correct Answer in my opinion must be (D), errors in other options highlighted in RED
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11 Jun 2018, 11:48
+ 1 for option D. If organic plants provide additional benefits (like organic gaseous) a replacement by artificial plants is not advantageous.
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11 Oct 2018, 06:09
How come d is the answer. No where in the premise it is mentioned about the exchange of gases. It is only mentioned that plants are being placed for decoration.
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11 Oct 2018, 10:48
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The argument talks about many advantages of plastic flowers: they are beautiful, they look exactly like the real thing, they are cheaper to take care of. Isn't it wonderful? Therefore, (all) homeowners should replace their live indoor plants with synthetic plants.

A correct answer should list a factor that could potentially make the argument much weaker.

E is irrelevant. When a homeowner (imagine it's you) considers replacing all his real plants with plastic ones, he doesn't really care about how many homeowners want to cut their expenses.

D is a good one though. To translate it from robot English into normal English: "Is it good for people who live inside that real plants absorb CO2 and release oxygen?" If it's true (and it is true), then it's a perfect reason not to throw away real plants and buy fake ones.
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11 Oct 2018, 19:01
homeowners welcome ways to reduce expenses,but it does not say by how much in general house maintenance ! So E
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