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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote A study This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies Top Member A study A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse correlation between the amount of food advertising and the cost of food to consumers. This led some experts to conclude that increased advertising means that increased competition forces food companies to lower their prices. However, in letting increased competition account for both the cost decrease and the advertising increase, such experts fail to consider the fact that food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase sales. The two portions in boldface in the argument above play which of the following roles? (A)The first is a generalization that the argument presents as true; the second is the evidence that supports the validity of that generalization. (B)The first is an opinion that the argument argues against; the second is evidence against that opinion. (C)The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the argument as a whole supports; the second explains the reason behind this pattern. (D)The first is evidence that the argument uses in support of the main conclusion; the second is the main conclusion of the argument. (E)The first is an opinion put forward in an attempt to explain a certain pattern; the second further supports that opinion. Why is it the best option? OA B GMAT/MBA Expert Legendary Member Joined 14 Jan 2015 Posted: 2667 messages Followed by: 122 members Upvotes: 1153 GMAT Score: 770 Top Reply lheiannie07 wrote: A study by Consumer Support Center revealed an inverse correlation between the amount of food advertising and the cost of food to consumers. This led some experts to conclude that increased advertising means that increased competition forces food companies to lower their prices. However, in letting increased competition account for both the cost decrease and the advertising increase, such experts fail to consider the fact that food companies simply lower their prices during advertising campaigns to increase sales. The two portions in boldface in the argument above play which of the following roles? (A)The first is a generalization that the argument presents as true; the second is the evidence that supports the validity of that generalization. (B)The first is an opinion that the argument argues against; the second is evidence against that opinion. (C)The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the argument as a whole supports; the second explains the reason behind this pattern. (D)The first is evidence that the argument uses in support of the main conclusion; the second is the main conclusion of the argument. (E)The first is an opinion put forward in an attempt to explain a certain pattern; the second further supports that opinion. Why is it the best option? OA B These questions are always more challenging without the bolded portion Can you repost? _________________ Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor Veritas Prep Reviews Save$100 off any live Veritas Prep GMAT Course

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