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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 Temporary services firm - GMAT Prep Exam pack 2 This topic has 1 expert reply and 2 member replies Temporary services firm - GMAT Prep Exam pack 2 Temporary services firms supply trained workers to other companies on a temporary basis. Temporary services firms lose business when the economy shows signs of beginning to weaken. They gain business when the economy begins to recover but often lose business again when the economy stabilizes. These firms have begun to gain business in the present weak economy. The economy therefore must be beginning to recover. Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends? A. Temporary-services firms are more likely to regain old clients than to acquire new ones when the economy begins to recover. B. Temporary-services firms do not gain business when an already weak economy worsens. C. New companies do not often hire temporary help until they have been in business for some time. D. Companies that use workers from temporary-services firms seldom hire those workers to fill permanent positions. E. Temporary-services firms can most easily find qualified new workers when the economy is at its weakest. Last edited by prata on Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:45 am; edited 1 time in total GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15023 messages Followed by: 1859 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 Top Reply Please add to the question stem to your post. I believe that the prompt asks for an ASSUMPTION, as follows: prata wrote: Temporary services firms supply trained workers to other companies on a temporary basis. Temporary services firms lose business when the economy shows signs of beginning to weaken. They gain business when the economy begins to recover but often lose business again when the economy stabilizes. These firms have begun to gain business in the present weak economy. The economy therefore must be beginning to recover. Which of the following is an assumption on which the above argument depends? A. Temporary-services firms are more likely to regain old clients than to acquire new ones when the economy begins to recover. B. Temporary-services firms do not gain business when an already weak economy worsens. C. New companies do not often hire temporary help until they have been in business for some time. D. Companies that use workers from temporary-services firms seldom hire those workers to fill permanent positions. E. Temporary-services firms can most easily find qualified new workers when the economy is at its weakest. Premise: Temporary service firms have begun to gain business in the present weak economy. Conclusion: The economy must be beginning to recover. An assumption is a statement that MUST BE TRUE for the conclusion to be valid. Apply the NEGATION TEST. When the correct answer choice is negated, the conclusion will be invalidated. B, negated: Temporary-services firms gain business when an already weak economy worsens. Here, the gaining of business is linked to a WORSENING economy, invalidating the conclusion that the economy discussed in the passage must be beginning to recover. Since the negation of B invalidates the conclusion, B is an assumption: a statement that MUST BE TRUE for the conclusion to be valid. The correct answer is B. _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 03 Jan 2016 Posted: 41 messages Test Date: 29/08/2016 Target GMAT Score: 750 [quote="GMATGuruNY"]Please add to the question stem to your post. I believe that the prompt asks for an ASSUMPTION, as follows: prata wrote: Temporary services firms supply trained workers to other companies on a temporary basis. Temporary services firms lose business when the economy shows signs of beginning to weaken. They gain business when the economy ......, the conclusion will be invalidated. B, negated: Temporary-services firms gain business when an already weak economy worsens. Here, the gaining of business is linked to a WORSENING economy, invalidating the conclusion that the economy discussed in the passage must be beginning to recover. Since the negation of B invalidates the conclusion, B is an assumption: a statement that MUST BE TRUE for the conclusion to be valid. The correct answer is B. Thank you very much. Just like you mentioned about negation test, are there other such tips which can be useful for solving CR problems? Like links to such tips on this forum? Thanks in advance. Top Member Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 12 Jan 2019 Posted: 38 messages Using negation for option B) Temporary-services firms do gain business when an already weak economy worsens is just opposite of what is stated in the conclusion and hence it weakens the conclusion Hence, B is the answer. • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 5-Day Free Trial 5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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