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1). A difference in the frequency of usage of counter proposing between skilled and average negotiators suggests that counter proposing may not be, as effective one tends to think it would be.

2). I may have suggested that my son buy a pair of trousers at a certain price whereas my son would have made a counterproposal that he would rather buy two pairs at half price each.

3). Research conducted across several negotiators ranging from sales negotiators to purchase and labour negotiators shows that average negotiators tend to counter propose more often than skilled negotiators.

4). This happens in everyday life too.

5). Think back to the last time you were discussing completing an assignment with one of your colleagues : you may have suggested that you both come in on Saturday to finish the work and your colleague may have counter proposed that you could stay back on Friday evening and finish it instead.









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Option(D) is correct

3 is the opening statement. The other statements follow out of 3. 

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Why can't option A be the answer?


Sentence 4 begins with "This". Here "This" can only refer to the "Research" mentioned in Sentence 3. Hence 4 should follow 3 which is given in option D.


I also feel A should be the answer. 3 ends by saying skilled negotiators doesnt use counter proposals as much as average negotiators. So it only makes sense that 1 should be the following statement because it talks about the difference in frequency. As for 'This' in 4, it means counter proposal, not the research and since the whole passage is about counter proposals, it need not necessarily be after 3. So it follows 1. 5 and 2 are everyday examples of counter proposals. So they should follow 4. So the correct sequence, according to me is 31452


Dear Asha : Your argument to conclude 31452 can also be argued differently. You might be forgiven for presuming "this" [statement4] refers to 'counter-proposal'. But if statement[1] precedes [5]+[2], the logic doesn't follow. The core idea in statement1 is not just about counter-proposing but its ineffectiveness, and this idea will not be supported in [5]+[2]. Therefore, though [3]+[1] might links, statement[1] comes last to sum up. #Suzie


i every time find myself wrong plz provide me the tricks to solve them, specially this question