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# which of the following most logically completes the argument

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which of the following most logically completes the argument below?
According to promotional material published by the city of Springfield, more tourists stay in hotels in Springfield than stay in the neighboring city of Harristown. A brochure from the largest hotel in Harristown claims that more tourists stay in that hotel than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel in Springfield. If both of these sources are accurate, however, the “Report on Tourism” for the region must be in error in stating that .................
A. the average length of stay is longer at the largest hotel in Harristown than it is at the Royal Arms Hotel.
B. There is only one hotel in Harristown that is larger than the Royal Arms Hotel.
C. More tourists stay in hotels in Harristown than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel.
D. The Royal Arms hotel is the largest hotel in Springfield
E. The royal arms hotel is the only hotel in Springfield.

Answer:e...how is it E ....and what does the ques mean to say-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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vabhs192003 wrote:
I think the question, though from GMATPrep, needs some tweaking.

Going back to stimulus,

According to promotional material published by the city of Springfield, more tourists
stay in hotels in Springfield than stay in the neighboring city of Harristown.

Its already stated in the argument that there is more than just 1 hotel in Springfield; and this has been published in the promotional material mentioned in the question. Isn't this contradicting a fact when put in context with OA.

I would need an expert to look at this because I was thrown off by the "hotels in Springfield" and hence did not go for OA.

Thanks.
Vaibhav.

Hi Vaibhav

The most difficulty of this question is how to translate the question correctly.

What does “the “Report on Tourism” for the region must be in error in stating that .................” mean?
It means which of the following options MUST BE WRONG based on the fact in the stimulus?

This is a reverse form of “Must be True” question.

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact #1: Material from city of Springfield: more tourists stay in hotels in Springfield than stay in the neighboring city of Harristown.
Fact #2: A brochure from the largest hotel in Harristown: more tourists stay in that hotel than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel in Springfield.
Fact #3: both of these sources are accurate.
Question: Based on facts in the stimulus, which answer is must be WRONG.

A. the average length of stay is longer at the largest hotel in Harristown than it is at the Royal Arms Hotel.
Wrong. A could be true. Fact says: that more tourists stay in the largest hotel in Harristown than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel in Springfield. Absolutely, there is a possibility that tourist stay longer in the largest hotel in Harristow. A is not a “Must be INCORRECT” option.

B. There is only one hotel in Harristown that is larger than the Royal Arms Hotel.
Wrong. From the facts, B could be true. There is a possibility that there is only one hotel in Harristown that is larger than the Royal Arms Hotel. B is not a “Must be INCORRECT” option.

C. More tourists stay in hotels in Harristown than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel.
Wrong. From fact #2: C is true.

D. The Royal Arms hotel is the largest hotel in Springfield
Wrong. We have no clue to say D is “must be wrong”. D may / may not be true. Hence, D is not the answer.

E. The royal arms hotel is the only hotel in Springfield.
Correct.
Fact #1 says more tourists stay in hotels in Springfield than stay in the neighboring city of Harristown.
Fact #2: more tourists stay in the largest hotel in Harritown than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel in Springfield.
If Royal arms is the ONLY hotel in Sprinfield ==> Based on Fact #2, the TOTAL number of tourist stay in Springfiled MUST be fewer than that in Harristown ==> Clearly VIOLATES Fact #1
E must be wrong. ==> The answer.

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The question is basically asking you to fill in the blanks

Statement 1 ) says that more tourists stay in hotels in Springfield than stay in the neighboring city of Harristown

Statement 2) says that largest hotel in Harristown claims that more tourists stay in that hotel than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel in Springfield

if E is true then the statement 1 would be false as more ppl stay in Harristown than in springfield(as per statement 2),

There should be more hotels other than Royal Arms so that the combined number of tourists in all the tourists in hotels of springfield will be more than harristown. Therefor "If both of these sources are accurate, however, the “Report on Tourism” for the region must be in error in stating that The royal arms hotel is the only hotel in Springfield."

I hope explained it enough if not lets take numbers as example

Let the number of tourists in springfield be = 100
Let number of tourists in largest hotel of harristown = 50
Let number of tourists in royal Arms = 25

From s1 ) 100 > 50
S2) 50 > 25

For s1) and s2) to be true we should have more number of hotels other than royal arms so that 25 + x = 100 which is > 50

and hence tourism report would be wrong in stating E in their report
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I think the question, though from GMATPrep, needs some tweaking.

Going back to stimulus,

According to promotional material published by the city of Springfield, more tourists
stay in hotels in Springfield than stay in the neighboring city of Harristown.

Its already stated in the argument that there is more than just 1 hotel in Springfield; and this has been published in the promotional material mentioned in the question. Isn't this contradicting a fact when put in context with OA.

I would need an expert to look at this because I was thrown off by the "hotels in Springfield" and hence did not go for OA.

Thanks.
Vaibhav.
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15 Aug 2009, 04:53
gmanjesh wrote:
The question is basically asking you to fill in the blanks

Statement 1 ) says that more tourists stay in hotels in Springfield than stay in the neighboring city of Harristown

Statement 2) says that largest hotel in Harristown claims that more tourists stay in that hotel than stay in the Royal Arms Hotel in Springfield

if E is true then the statement 1 would be false as more ppl stay in Harristown than in springfield(as per statement 2),

There should be more hotels other than Royal Arms so that the combined number of tourists in all the tourists in hotels of springfield will be more than harristown. Therefor "If both of these sources are accurate, however, the “Report on Tourism” for the region must be in error in stating that The royal arms hotel is the only hotel in Springfield."

I hope explained it enough if not lets take numbers as example

Let the number of tourists in springfield be = 100
Let number of tourists in largest hotel of harristown = 50
Let number of tourists in royal Arms = 25

From s1 ) 100 > 50
S2) 50 > 25

For s1) and s2) to be true we should have more number of hotels other than royal arms so that 25 + x = 100 which is > 50

and hence tourism report would be wrong in stating E in their report

awesome .......thanks
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01 Sep 2013, 23:23
@pqhai,

Thanks man. I cracked the question open alright, but messed up when I had to think straight! x-(

It surely helped in looking at the question in simplistic view. The devils are out of the bag.

Thanks,
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