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# V10-31

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Dietitian: I advise my clients not to follow the 2012 government recommendations for a healthy diet. In the 1980s, the government advocated eating a high proportion of carbohydrates, and the current nationwide epidemic of obesity began about the same time. When the government updated its recommendations in 2012, it admitted its guidelines from the 1980s were mistaken. Thus, you can’t believe the new guidelines have any validity because they could be just as flawed as the earlier guidelines.

The portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the passage?

A. The first is evidence used to support the dietician’s main conclusion; the second is that conclusion
B. The first is evidence used to support the dietician’s main conclusion; the second is a conclusion that the dietician disagrees with
C. Both are evidence used in developing the dietician’s main conclusion
D. Both are evidence used to support an argument that the dietician disagrees with
E. The first is evidence used to support an argument that dietician disagrees with; the second is evidence to support the dietician’s main conclusion

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Dietitian: I advise my clients not to follow the 2012 government recommendations for a healthy diet. In the 1980s, the government advocated eating a high proportion of carbohydrates, and [b]the current nationwide epidemic of obesity began about the same time
. When the government updated its recommendations in 2012, it admitted its guidelines from the 1980s were mistaken. Thus, you can’t believe the new guidelines have any validity because they could be just as flawed as the earlier guidelines.

The portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the passage?
[/b]

A. The first is evidence used to support the dietician’s main conclusion; the second is that conclusion
B. The first is evidence used to support the dietician’s main conclusion; the second is a conclusion that the dietician disagrees with
C. Both are evidence used in developing the dietician’s main conclusion
D. Both are evidence used to support an argument that the dietician disagrees with
E. The first is evidence used to support an argument that dietician disagrees with; the second is evidence to support the dietician’s main conclusion

(A) The first portion in boldface is evidence to support the dietitian's conclusion that the government’s diet recommendations are flawed. The second portion is additional evidence, not the conclusion.

(B) The first portion in boldface is evidence to support the dietitian's conclusion that the government’s diet recommendations are flawed. The second portion is additional evidence, not a conclusion that the dietitian questions.

(C) Correct. Both boldfaced portions are evidence used to support the dietitian's main conclusion that the current recommendations lack validity.

(D) Both boldfaced portions are evidence to support the main conclusion, not a position that the dietitian disagrees with.

(E) The first boldfaced portions is evidence to support the main conclusion, not a position that the dietitian disagrees with.

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07 Apr 2017, 05:36
I agree with option C, but i think that the main conclusion is the first sentence, not the last. Last one is an intermediate conclusion.
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08 Apr 2017, 04:31
stan3544 wrote:
I agree with option C, but i think that the main conclusion is the first sentence, not the last. Last one is an intermediate conclusion.

The first sentence depicts an action of the dietitian - this action is based on what the dietitian concluded (last sentence).

At most one may say that the last line is a cause and the first an effect. But here, the cause is the main conclusion of the dietitian.
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25 Oct 2017, 00:36
Why is E wrong?

The first line indicates Dietician's position and the first bold faced statement supports it. Though entire para is supporting the main conclusion.

The first line is not the main conclusion, and option E is very specifically distinguishing between Dietician's stand, 2 bold faced evidences and main conclusion.
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18 Jan 2019, 08:00
stan3544 wrote:
I agree with option C, but i think that the main conclusion is the first sentence, not the last. Last one is an intermediate conclusion.

Even I agree, the first line is the main conclusion, last one is intermediate conclusion. Conclusion identification method - Last line leads to first line, not the other way around
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16 Jul 2019, 00:42
I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. First line should be the main conclusion
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