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Unlike the wholesale price of raw wool, the wholesale price of raw cotton has fallen considerably in the last Year. Thus, although the retail price of cotton clothing at retail clothing stores has not yet fallen, it will inevitably fall.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last Year.
B. The wholesale price of raw wool is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton.
C. The operating costs of the average retail clothing store have remained constant during the last year.
D. Changes in retail prices always lag behind changes in wholesale prices.
E. The cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased in the last year.

Originally posted by zz0vlb on 25 Apr 2010, 05:21.
Last edited by broall on 24 Mar 2018, 19:43, edited 3 times in total.
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Can someone explain reasoning behind A and E ? I choosed E but which statement weakens more i.e W+ or W++? B,C and D are not the answers for sure.

the way i am thinking
E. The harvested cost of cotton increases, the retail price of cotton will also increase - so should weaken the main argument

A. If the processing cost of cotton increases, the retail price of cotton will also increase - so this should also weakens the argument right? so how to choose between E and A?
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Can someone explain reasoning behind A and E ? I choosed E but which statement weakens more i.e W+ or W++? B,C and D are not the answers for sure.

the way i am thinking
E. The harvested cost of cotton increases, the retail price of cotton will also increase - so should weaken the main argument

A. If the processing cost of cotton increases, the retail price of cotton will also increase - so this should also weakens the argument right? so how to choose between E and A?



IMO A

E talks about cost of harvesting (this is out of scope) ........... but the wholesale price has fallen (cannot be ignored, given as fact)

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IMO A.

You need to check carefully the terms marked in red. Stimulus says that the prices of RAW WOOL decreasing, prices of COTTON CLOTHING has not fallen but will inevitably fall. This is the conclusion. We have to find an answer which weakens this conclusion.

If there is some factor, which can counter balance the decreased prices of raw cotton with increased prices of cotton clothing, will be correct answer. Let's check all options:

A. The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last Year. [Bingo, now thats what I am talking about. Wait lets check other options as well]
B. The wholesale price is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton. [So what? How does it affect the clothing rate. Incorrect]
C. The operating costs of the average retail cloting store have remained constant during the last year. [We are discussing the relationship b/w pricing of raw cotton and cotton clothing. This choice is irrelenet to our concern. Incorrect]
D. Changes in retail prices always lag behind changes in wholesale prices. [Oh really. What if there is less harvest of raw cotton and no overstock for manufacturers? Incorrect]
E. The cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased in the last year. [This is strengthing the conclusion. Beware it is an example of OPPOSITE case fallacy.Incorrect]

So, A is the best answer.

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Unlike the wholesale price of raw wool, the wholesale price of raw cotton has fallen considerably in the last Year. Thus, although the retail price of cotton clothing at retail cloting stores has not yet fallen, it will inevitably fall.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last Year.
B. The wholesale price is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton.
C. The operating costs of the average retail cloting store have remained constant during the last year.
D. Changes in retail prices always lag behind changes in wholesale prices.
E. The cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased in the last year.

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A it is as it connects the link between wholesale price of raw cotton and the processing price of raw cotton into cloth.
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Unlike the wholesale price of raw wool, the wholesale price of raw cotton has fallen considerably in the last Year.
Thus, although the retail price of cotton clothing at retail cloting stores has not yet fallen, it will inevitably fall.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last Year.
B. The wholesale price is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton.
C. The operating costs of the average retail cloting store have remained constant during the last year.
D. Changes in retail prices always lag behind changes in wholesale prices.
E. The cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased in the last year.

We know that b,c,d are false.
The Ans may lie in A or E.

The background information given is as
the wholesale price of raw cotton has fallen considerably in the last Year.

But in E) Cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased.
This option may or may not revelant to conclusion. But it is opposite to back ground information.
if cost of harvesting raw cotton has been increased last year, the wholesale price of the cotton should have been increased .According to Back ground info,wholesale price of the cotton has been decreasing.

So i feel that E is the wrong answer.
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I agree,

if E is true

1. > Crop Harvesting More expensive . (Choice E)
2. However we know wholesale price of raw cotton is cheaper . (The paragraph)

Somewhere in between the expense offset of the crop harvesting is absorbed .

Even if E is true, it still in no way effects arguments that retail prices would "inevitably" fall .
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Argument is simple and answer choices are simple.

However, E discomfort us a little. why?

if the wrong answer (such as E) is relevant to evident, it is tough for us to realize the neutrality of the wrong answer. A trick gmat do for us

if we meet this one after doing 35 math questions and 10 verbal questions, it is harder to realize E is wrong. we must be very keen and know in advance all the tricks gmat throws at us to reduce the failure and mistake. and for non native speakers who have not taken undergraduate study in English, daily reading of new text of strong written English is a must to maintain reading capacity.
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zz0vlb wrote:
Unlike the wholesale price of raw wool, the wholesale price of raw cotton has fallen considerably in the last Year.
Thus, although the retail price of cotton clothing at retail cloting stores has not yet fallen, it will inevitably fall.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last Year.
B. The wholesale price is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton.
C. The operating costs of the average retail cloting store have remained constant during the last year.
D. Changes in retail prices always lag behind changes in wholesale prices.
E. The cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased in the last year.


E talks about harvesting raw cotton: An event, information or premise that could have affected the wholesale prices of cotton itself. But, it is clearly mentioned in the passage that wholesale price of the cotton dropped. So, even if E is correct, we can safely assume that it has nothing to do with the retail price increase. There may be something else that could have caused the wholesale prices to drop in spite of higher harvesting cost but we should not be bothered about that.

A: Correctly gives an alternate reason why the retail price may not fall. Because, although the wholesale prices have fallen, the cost of processing them into clothing has risen. Thus, the cotton clothing manufacturers will have to sell the clothes at the same price as they did before and eventually the retailers will have to sell it at the same rate as before as well.

It is important to note that these options just give a reason to suspect the argument. It doesn't completely disapprove the argument.
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Hi all.

Guys I was actually making myself mad about this question. It seemed that it is poorly constructed question, since both of reasons are valid. but it could not be poor since it is from GmatPrep, so why A is better than E?

I read it again and again and then I realized a small very meaningfull difference , look here:

A. The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last Year.
E. The cost of harvesting raw cotton _______ has increased in the last year.

Do you see the difference??!!!
A is talking about cotton for cloth, while E is about any raw cotton, not necessarily for cloth.

Moreover, A is about increase of costs "during the year", while E is talking about may be one-off increase happened last year.


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For this question I picked A:

From reading this passage, I immediately picked out the conclusion to be [highlight]"Thus, the price of cotton clothing will inevitably fall."[/highlight] If you are having trouble finding the conclusion, look for the conclusion marker "thus" and it should be easy from there.

The question stem then tells you that you are looking for an answer choice that weakens the argument.

The next step I took was to prephrase because this could potentially direct me to the correct answer and prephrasing forces me to think harder about what I just read.

So how did I prephrase this question? If you look back at the passage, you are essentially given a direct relationship between the price of raw cotton and the price of cotton clothing. This relationship makes sense if you ASSUME that the processing/manufacturing from raw material to finished product has not changed in cost. Therefore, my first prephrase was: [highlight]An increase in manufacturing/processing costs.[/highlight] This would definitely weaken the argument because an increase in manufacturing costs would decrease the retailer's profit margins and may force the retailer's to leave their prices constant.

What is another possible prephrase? Well, it is possible that the retailer's themselves may have higher operating costs (ie. rent, electricity etc.) which would again squeeze the profit margins of the retailers. [highlight]Therefore, my second prephrase was: Increased operating costs of the retailers.[/highlight]

Now we can analyze each and every answer choice:

A. This answer choice matches one of my prephrases (My prephrase looks suspiciously similar to the answer choice, but I'm honestly telling you that I did not look at the answer choices until after my prephrasing. This should tell you the importance of doing this.) This is a definite contender and after looking at the other choices, I have determined that this is the correct answer.

B. The relationship in the passage is between price of raw cotton and the price of cotton clothing - the relationship between the price of raw wool and the price of raw cotton is irrelevant.

C. This answer choice is incorrect because it states that the operating costs have remained CONSTANT. If this answer choice had said that the operating costs have increased, then this answer choice would definitely weaken the argument, but as it stands, this answer choice actually strengthens. The reason it strengthens is because it eliminates one of the reasons that could explain the error in the initial relationship.

D. This answer would be correct in a must be true question - it just summarizes what is already stated in the passage. Therefore, if anything, this answer choice strengthens.

E. The cost of harvesting should already be included in the wholesale price of raw cotton, therefore, this answer choice is irrelevant.
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Easy and straight A, as it shows something that adds to the retail price
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B. The wholesale price is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton.
I just can't understand this sentence. It doesn'nt make sense to me. The wholesale price of what? What they comapare here? My english sucks. Could someone pls explain it to me. Thanks
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Question type: Cause & Effect.

Back to the ques:
Cause: wholesale price of raw cotton has fallen
Effect: price of cotton clothing at retail clothing stores will fall.

Pre-thinking: Retail cloth price will not fall because some cost in between will compensate the price fall of wholesale cotton.

A. The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last Year. - same as pre-thinking. Raw cotton is cheap but processing charge is high, so end product cost will remain same.

B. The wholesale price is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton. - This is extra information regarding the wholesale price,but do not address the relationship between wholesale price and retail price.

C. The operating costs of the average retail clothing store have remained constant during the last year. We are not concerned about the price of electricity bill, water bill or staff salary of the store.

D. Changes in retail prices always lag behind changes in wholesale prices. - This is not a weakener, this is talking about the usual trend, which may happen.

E. The cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased in the last year. - purely a strengthener.
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The retail price is based on the wholesale price and the cost of processing raw cotton. The cost of harvesting raw cotton and a lot of other things could result in the dropped wholesale price, but here we are only concerned about the wholesale price, not what created it. Hence, E is irrelevant.
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Wool is simply in the argument to confuse. Argument concludes that retail price of cotton cloth will inevitably fall.
premise only mentions raw cotton.

Argument assumes that cost of converting raw cotton to cotton cloth will not increase.
Correct answer choice will undermine this assumption.

E talks about harvesting raw cotton, not about raw cotton to cotton cloth.
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This is an opinion. Argument believes the premise is relevant and sufficient to prove the conclusion.
Raw cotton price went down , therefore price of cotton clothing will go down.

What about the process of converting raw cotton to cotton clothing? Argument doesn't address that issue.
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E goes against premise. That's why it is incorrect (premise can never be challenged)
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Marked the correct option here.

Option D is actually strengthening the argument. The argument is basically concluding that the retail price of cotton clothing will ultimately fall. In that sense, option D is actually strengthening the argument because it says that it is indeed just a matter of time when the retail prices will fall, because if what is given in option D is true, then the change in wholesale price and the change in retail price do not happen simultaneously.
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we need to find answer choice that would undermine decrease of retail prices of cotton clothing
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