First on August 8, 2019
My question is regarding answer choice A on this question. I think there is valid reason to argue A could be correct. Sorry in advance for the CAPS, just a tool for emphasis, not intending to yell ;-)
A) reads "that the sales department TAKEN BY ITSELF is not critical to the company's success as a whole" - to me, this reads "on its own, the sales department cannot guarantee the success of the whole company", which is essentially exactly what the shipping manager says - "There are several departments OTHER THAN SALES that also MUST function successfully for the COMPANY to succeed".
The way the sentence is constructed, the LSAT authors have once again intended to confuse us because it implies sales is not critical at all, but if read with the important phrase "taken by itself", the meaning changes. Sales is critical, but NOT if taken by itself. Again, this is a restatement of the Shipping Manager's exact argument.
Answer choice D is clearly defensible too, but can you please provide some additional explanation for why A is absolutely incorrect?
Irina on August 8, 2019