The following memorandum is from the business manager of Happy Pancake House restaurants."Recently, butter has been replaced by margarine in Happy Pancake House restaurants throughout the southwestern United States. This change, however, has had little im

Essay topics: The following memorandum is from the business manager of Happy Pancake House restaurants.

"Recently, butter has been replaced by margarine in Happy Pancake House restaurants throughout the southwestern United States. This change, however, has had little impact on our customers. In fact, only about 2 percent of customers have complained, indicating that an average of 98 people out of 100 are happy with the change. Furthermore, many servers have reported that a number of customers who ask for butter do not complain when they are given margarine instead. Clearly, either these customers do not distinguish butter from margarine or they use the term 'butter' to refer to either butter or margarine."

Write a response in which you discuss one or more alternative explanations that could rival the proposed explanation and explain how your explanation(s) can plausibly account for the facts presented in the argument.

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The memorandum of the Happy Pancake House restaurants business manager which indicates that either these customers do not distinguish butter from margarine or they use the term ‘butter’ to refer to either butter or margarine provides interesting clues, but to move forward the conclusion would definitely require more information and thought. Moreover, the argument is rife with holes and assumption, and thus, not strong enough to lead to the conclusion.

Firstly, the argument indicates that the change from butter to margarine has had little impact on restaurants’ customers. Because only 2 percent of customers have complained. It is not clear, however, the evidence of the argument. In other word, that these customers have not complained about this change does not mean that they are happy with this change.

Additionally, building on many servers has reported that a number of butter offered customers do not complain when they are given margarine instead, the author conclude that either these customers do not differentiate butter from margarine or they use the term ‘butter’ to refer to either butter or margarine. However, he fails to justify this reason. For example, maybe margarine and butter have similar flavor and color, so it is likely that customer will not acknowledge that Pancake has chosen margarine to replace butter which triggers no complaints among customers. Or customers can indeed discriminate the difference between butter and margarine since they have disparate tastes. But the reason why those customers don't complain is because they like the flavor of margarine.

To conclude, the evidences in this argument is neither apparent nor convincing since it leaves out several angles and factors. I really believe that if the argument included the factors discussed above, it will be more apparent and satisfy.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 3, column 128, Rule ID: SENTENCE_FRAGMENT[1]
Message: “Because” at the beginning of a sentence requires a 2nd clause. Maybe a comma, question or exclamation mark is missing, or the sentence is incomplete and should be joined with the following sentence.
... impact on restaurants' customers. Because only 2 percent of customers have compla...
^^^^^^^
Line 3, column 363, Rule ID: WHITESPACE_RULE
Message: Possible typo: you repeated a whitespace
Suggestion:
...n that they are happy with this change. Additionally, building on many servers h...
^^^^^
Line 5, column 58, Rule ID: MANY_NN_U[5]
Message: Possible agreement error. The noun butter seems to be uncountable; consider using: 'much butter', 'a good deal of butter'.
Suggestion: much butter; a good deal of butter
...lding on many servers has reported that a number of butter offered customers do not complain when ...
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Line 5, column 733, Rule ID: EN_CONTRACTION_SPELLING
Message: Possible spelling mistake found
Suggestion: don't
...tes. But the reason why those customers dont complain is because they like the flavo...
^^^^
Line 5, column 747, Rule ID: REASON_IS_BECAUSE[1]
Message: Probably an incorrect phrase. Use 'the reason 'is that''.
Suggestion: is that
...eason why those customers dont complain is because they like the flavor of margarine. ...
^^^^^^^^^^

Discourse Markers used:
['but', 'first', 'firstly', 'however', 'if', 'may', 'moreover', 'really', 'so', 'thus', 'for example']

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance in Part of Speech:
Nouns: 0.246987951807 0.25644967241 96% => OK
Verbs: 0.165662650602 0.15541462614 107% => OK
Adjectives: 0.0542168674699 0.0836205057962 65% => OK
Adverbs: 0.0692771084337 0.0520304965353 133% => OK
Pronouns: 0.0361445783133 0.0272364105082 133% => Less pronouns wanted. Try not to use 'you, I, they, he...' as the subject of a sentence
Prepositions: 0.0993975903614 0.125424944231 79% => OK
Participles: 0.0271084337349 0.0416121511921 65% => OK
Conjunctions: 2.96647374428 2.79052419416 106% => OK
Infinitives: 0.0331325301205 0.026700313972 124% => OK
Particles: 0.00301204819277 0.001811407834 166% => OK
Determiners: 0.0963855421687 0.113004496875 85% => OK
Modal_auxiliary: 0.0120481927711 0.0255425247493 47% => OK
WH_determiners: 0.0120481927711 0.0127820249294 94% => OK

Vocabulary words and sentences:
No of characters: 1876.0 2731.13054187 69% => OK
No of words: 289.0 446.07635468 65% => More content wanted.
Chars per words: 6.49134948097 6.12365571057 106% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.12310562562 4.57801047555 90% => OK
words length more than 5 chars: 0.442906574394 0.378187486979 117% => OK
words length more than 6 chars: 0.325259515571 0.287650121315 113% => OK
words length more than 7 chars: 0.252595155709 0.208842608468 121% => OK
words length more than 8 chars: 0.166089965398 0.135150697306 123% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.96647374428 2.79052419416 106% => OK
Unique words: 155.0 207.018472906 75% => More unique words wanted.
Unique words percentage: 0.536332179931 0.469332199767 114% => OK
Word variations: 54.3221851659 52.1807786196 104% => OK
How many sentences: 13.0 20.039408867 65% => OK
Sentence length: 22.2307692308 23.2022227129 96% => OK
Sentence length SD: 93.1050180103 57.7814097925 161% => OK
Chars per sentence: 144.307692308 141.986410481 102% => OK
Words per sentence: 22.2307692308 23.2022227129 96% => OK
Discourse Markers: 0.846153846154 0.724660767414 117% => OK
Paragraphs: 4.0 5.14285714286 78% => OK
Language errors: 5.0 3.58251231527 140% => OK
Readability: 54.7567207879 51.9672348444 105% => OK
Elegance: 1.37777777778 1.8405768891 75% => OK

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.34933627857 0.441005458295 79% => OK
Sentence sentence coherence: 0.112195805751 0.135418324435 83% => OK
Sentence sentence coherence SD: 0.067552237011 0.0829849096947 81% => OK
Sentence paragraph coherence: 0.573522764645 0.58762219726 98% => OK
Sentence paragraph coherence SD: 0.188136954346 0.147661913831 127% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.149423063192 0.193483328276 77% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0940432444806 0.0970749176394 97% => OK
Paragraph paragraph coherence: 0.317921780339 0.42659136922 75% => OK
Paragraph paragraph coherence SD: 0.10755597982 0.0774707102158 139% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.239094298281 0.312017818177 77% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0743666976897 0.0698173142475 107% => OK

Task Achievement:
Sentences with positive sentiment : 5.0 8.33743842365 60% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 7.0 6.87684729064 102% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 1.0 4.82512315271 21% => More neutral sentences wanted.
Positive topic words: 5.0 6.46551724138 77% => OK
Negative topic words: 6.0 5.36822660099 112% => OK
Neutral topic words: 1.0 2.82389162562 35% => OK
Total topic words: 12.0 14.657635468 82% => OK
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