President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce: We are all aware of the painful fact that almost no new businesses ...

Abigail on January 19, 2023

flaw

What is this here and why is D the answer? I was between answer choices A and E.

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Emil on January 20, 2023

Hi, we are trying to weaken the authors claim that businesses cannot be leaving at a rate of four per week because if that were true, there would have been no businesses left. This is a bad argument. The author attacked the claim that businesses are leaving at 4 a week since that would mean that all businesses would have already left, but ignores the possibility that this rate of leaving is new, or that new businesses are being created to make up for those leaving. D captures the first idea. Perhaps this rate only began in the recent past, in which case it is very plausible.