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Reading Comprehension: Detail Function Questions

The author most likely uses the word initial to emphasize that

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This sentence tells us that, at first, using standardization gives the company benefits over adaptation. Although we can infer that later on, a company will derive more benefits from adaptation, this does not mean that the author believes adaptation is a better overall strategy.

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This answer choice focuses on the definition of the word initial instead of focusing on its function in the sentence.

The author uses initial to describe the competitive edge companies might gain from standardization, implying that this edge might not last; however he or she do not use this word to recommend moving to adaptation later.

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The word initial is used to emphasize that the advantage gained by choosing standardization over adaptation, i.e. the competitive edge, isn't necessarily a long-term advantage.

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This answer choice focuses on the definition of the word initial instead of focusing on its function in the sentence.

The author uses initial to describe the competitive edge companies might gain from standardization, implying that this edge might not last; however he or she do not use this word to recommend moving to adaptation later.

Incorrect.

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Although the passage states that standardization is cheaper, this is not why the author uses the word initial. The word initial describes the competitive edge gained by choosing standardization over adaptation, so the answer choice must somehow relate to that.

the advantage gained by choosing standardization over adaptation may be temporary
adaptation is a better marketing strategy than standardization
new businesses should begin by using standardization but then move to adaptation
a company needs to try to use standardization before it implements an adaptive strategy
standardization is a cheaper strategy than adaptation