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Post Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:53 am
A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool Company has recently claimed that the
company is mismanaged, citing as evidence the company’s failure to slow production in response to a recentrise in its inventory of fi nished products. It is doubtful whether an investor’s sniping at management can ever be
anything other than counterproductive, but in this case it is clearly not justifi ed. It is true that an increased
inventory of fi nished products often indicates that production is outstripping demand, but in Burton’s case it
indicates no such thing. Rather, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already
been assigned to orders received from customers.
In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?
(A) The fi rst states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second provides evidence to
undermine the support for the position being opposed.
(B) The fi rst states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second is evidence that has been
used to support the position being opposed.
(C) The fi rst states the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second states the conclusion of
the argument as a whole.
(D) The fi rst is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument as a whole opposes; the
second provides information to undermine the force of that evidence.
(E) The fi rst is evidence that has been used to support a position that the argument as a whole opposes; the
second states the conclusion of the argument as a whole.

Guys can you please help me how to tackle this boldfaced question ?

Thanks,
Ankit

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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:10 am
Thanks a lot guys. That helped me understand in a very good way Smile

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total time take = 1 min 31 seconds. answer should be C
Here is the approach.
ankit you need to take the purpose of each sentence in argument and how they are related to the bold faced sentences.
The first bold face is the position that the invester takes or investor claim. Now general approach is after this, the argument as a whole tries to oppose that situation, and there comes the final conclusion in the second boldface. After this 2nd BF, rest of argument is trying to explain why it does so.
Hence choose a option where second BF is argument conclusion, and 1st BF is the investors position which the argument is trying to oppose. Be careful that 1st BF is not an evidence as some of the other options state

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total time take = 1 min 31 seconds. answer should be C
Here is the approach.
ankit you need to take the purpose of each sentence in argument and how they are related to the bold faced sentences.
The first bold face is the position that the invester takes or investor claim. Now general approach is after this, the argument as a whole tries to oppose that situation, and there comes the final conclusion in the second boldface. After this 2nd BF, rest of argument is trying to explain why it does so.
Hence choose a option where second BF is argument conclusion, and 1st BF is the investors position which the argument is trying to oppose. Be careful that 1st BF is not an evidence as some of the other options state

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