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#1- Situation: Someone living in a cold climate buys a

Dmcilwaine
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Can someone explain why A is incorrect?
James Finch
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Hi DM,

This question is asking us to apply a principle to a specific fact set. That principle, sacrificing personal comfort for the sake of appearances, should be mirrored exactly in the correct answer choice, and include both elements (comfort and appearances.)

Answer choice (A) involves automobiles versus public transit, with only a single element mentioned, convenience. While one could possibly shoehorn "quick and reliable" into the "comfort or pleasure category," it's far from a perfect fit, and the second element, appearances, is not addressed at all; while you may assume having a personal car impresses people more than commuting to work on public transit, this may not be true (think of New York City, for example).

Contrast that to the correct answer choice, (C): A couple sacrifices the pleasure of drinking their favorite wine for the sake of impressing their guests with a more expensive wine. This matches up exactly with the principle we are given in the stimulus, making it the correct answer choice.

Hope this helps!
Dmcilwaine
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Thank you. That helps.
smwest92
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Will someone please explain why B is incorrect? Thank you :-D
Emily Haney-Caron
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Hi smwest92,

Thanks for the question! Keep in mind that we're looking for an answer choice where someone gives up "sensual comfort or pleasure." In B, no one is giving up comfort; they actually chose the more comfortable car seat. Therefore, B doesn't fit within the analysis we're provided.
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Emily Haney-Caron wrote:Hi smwest92,

Thanks for the question! Keep in mind that we're looking for an answer choice where someone gives up "sensual comfort or pleasure." In B, no one is giving up comfort; they actually chose the more comfortable car seat. Therefore, B doesn't fit within the analysis we're provided.




Thank you, Emily. That makes sense! I appreciate you getting back to me in such a timely fashion :)