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# Why pay outrageously high prices for imported sparkling

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Why pay outrageously high prices for imported sparkling water when there is now an inexpensive water carbonated and bottled here in the US at its source - Cold Springs, Vermont. Neither you nor your guests will taste the difference , but if you would be embarrassed if it were learned that you were serving a domestic sparkling water, then serve Cold Springs Water - but serve it in a leaded crystal decanter.
he advertisement rests on which of the following assumptions?
1. It is difficult if not impossible to distnguish Cold Springs Water from imported competitors on the basis of taste.
2. Most sparkling waters are not bottled at the source.
3. Some people may purchase an imported sparkling water over a domestic one as a status symbol.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only.
C. 3 only.
D. 1,2 and 3
E. 1 and 3 only.

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07 Aug 2004, 02:24
C it is. i.e only 3.

1. is out because it is stated that 'Neither you nor your guests will taste the difference'

2. Cannot be assumed that the other dont pack it at source.

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07 Aug 2004, 07:50
I am going ahead with E.
I is anyway obvious. III also is an assumption without which we cannot say "but if you would be embarrassed if it were learned that you were serving a sparkling domestic water, then serve Cold Springs Water - but serve it in a leaded crystal decanter"

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anuramm wrote:
Why pay outrageously high prices for imported sparkling water when there is now an inexpensive water carbonated and bottled here in the US at its source - Cold Springs, Vermont. Neither you nor your guests will taste the difference , but if you would be embarrassed if it were learned that you were serving a domestic sparkling water, then serve Cold Springs Water - but serve it in a leaded crystal decanter.
he advertisement rests on which of the following assumptions?
1. It is difficult if not impossible to distnguish Cold Springs Water from imported competitors on the basis of taste.
2. Most sparkling waters are not bottled at the source.
3. Some people may purchase an imported sparkling water over a domestic one as a status symbol.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only.
C. 3 only.
D. 1,2 and 3
E. 1 and 3 only.

Please explain your choices.

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09 Aug 2004, 09:36
I will go with E. 1 is assumed. It says that "neither you nor your guests can taste the difference", there is a but " but if you would be embarrassed if it were learned that you were serving a domestic " which means that there are chances that the guests can find the difference, so in that case use a crystal to hide the fact. (to make it look like: if a person uses crystal then may be he can afford the French water from Evian so why doubt)

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09 Aug 2004, 10:44
I originally went for E but I think C should be it. If it is not, then the question is just badly worded. Venksune said it all, 1 is explicitely stated in the argument. The only way you could be afraid that guests will find out about your using Cold Spring is if you pour it out from the Cold Spring bottle itself; hence the recommendation to use a crystal decanter.
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09 Aug 2004, 14:55
My Choice is C.

1. cannot be assumed, so A D E are eliminated
2. Cannot assume about the packing so B is eliminated.

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09 Aug 2004, 16:02
I will vote for E (against the wagon). If you negate E, then you get "It is not difficult to discern between the water", and then the whole basis of the advertisement falls apart.

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09 Aug 2004, 19:29
Should be E.

1, you can disguise what it actually is, but reality is still open.
3 is evident from the premise

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09 Aug 2004, 23:20
The OA is E.
The explanation given -
I is an assumtion of the ad: "Neither you nor your guests will taste the difference," and it is explicaitly mentioned. We know it is an assumption because if there were a taste difference , the appeal of the ad would be seriously undermined.
I think that we can better assume I from Bhai's explanation .

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10 Aug 2004, 05:22
Bhai wrote:
I will go with E. 1 is assumed. It says that "neither you nor your guests can taste the difference", there is a but " but if you would be embarrassed if it were learned that you were serving a domestic " which means that there are chances that the guests can find the difference, so in that case use a crystal to hide the fact. (to make it look like: if a person uses crystal then may be he can afford the French water from Evian so why doubt)

Well, I disagree with Bhai's answer and with the OA. I agree that there is a chance that the guest can find a difference but why did the second half of the sentence suggests the host to change the water bottle to a crystal decanter? Because the only way for them to find out is for them to see the actual container. Otherwise, what would be the point of using a different container to hide the taste? Since the stem already says that you cannot distinguish the water on the basis of taste, I cannot be an assumption; it is an explicit fact taken as true. The question is just badly worded to me.
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10 Aug 2004, 05:35
Paul, I disagree with you.

The question stem says
Neither you nor your guests will taste the difference , but if you would be embarrassed if it were learned that you were serving a domestic sparkling water, then serve Cold Springs Water - but serve it in a leaded crystal decanter.

The second sentence indicates a possibility that the taste difference might be found out in some cases and to support such cases, the domestic water has to be supplied in a leaded crystal decanter. It really means that I is the underlying assumption contributing to the conclusion without being explicitly stated in the passage.

Paul wrote:
Bhai wrote:
I will go with E. 1 is assumed. It says that "neither you nor your guests can taste the difference", there is a but " but if you would be embarrassed if it were learned that you were serving a domestic " which means that there are chances that the guests can find the difference, so in that case use a crystal to hide the fact. (to make it look like: if a person uses crystal then may be he can afford the French water from Evian so why doubt)

Well, I disagree with Bhai's answer and with the OA. I agree that there is a chance that the guest can find a difference but why did the second half of the sentence suggests the host to change the water bottle to a crystal decanter? Because the only way for them to find out is for them to see the actual container. Otherwise, what would be the point of using a different container to hide the taste? Since the stem already says that you cannot distinguish the water on the basis of taste, I cannot be an assumption; it is an explicit fact taken as true. The question is just badly worded to me.

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