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Letter from Chairman

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Below is an excerpt from a letter that was sent by the chairman of a corporation to the stockholders.
A number of charges have been raised against me, some serious, some trivial. Individuals seeking to control the corporation for their own purposes have demanded my resignation. Remember that no court of law in any state has found me guilty of any criminal offense whatsoever. In the American tradition, as you know, an individual is considered innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, as the corporation’s unbroken six-year record of growth will show, my conduct of my official duties as chairman has only helped enhance the success of the corporation, and so benefited every stockholder.
Which of the following can be properly inferred from the excerpt?
(A) The chairman believes that all those who have demanded his resignation are motivated by desire to control the corporation for their own purposes.
(B) Any misdeeds that the chairman may have committed were motivated by his desire to enhance the success of the corporation.
(C) The chairman is innocent of any criminal offense.
(D) The corporation has expanded steadily over the past six years.
(E) Any legal proceedings against the chairman have resulted in his acquittal

Why answer is D and not A
A) He says individuals seeking to control the company have raised charges against him; that in no way precludes OHTER people from ALSO raising charges against him. For instance, his wife may be demanding his resignation so he can finally come to bed at a reasonable hour

B) There is no mention in the passage about his motivation; it's out of scope.

C) He has not been convicted in any state; that does not rule out federal court or crimes in other nations.

D) 'steadily' is suspicious, but he cites a six-year record of growth, and this answer has a six-year record of growth (the GMAT can be niggly, but not so much that 'growth' and 'expansion' are distinguishable). This is our answer--though I agree it feels a little off.

E) See C. However unlikely, there is nothing in the prompt that precludes the author from being a convicted murderer in Thailand.

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A fragment in the paragraph states ’the corporation’s unbroken six-year record of growth’. Thus it can be properly inferred that ’the corporation has expanded steadily over the past six years’.Hence (d).

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