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# 8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now

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8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now [#permalink]  06 May 2012, 10:39
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Hello guys

I just started to with the mgmat word problems and I am stuck at this word problem

8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now 20 years older than George. How old will George be in 10 years?

In step one, the book assigned one Variable for both Sarah and George and wrote that
8 years ago
George G-8
Sarah G+12

I know how to solve this the long way assigning 2 variable, which is troublesome and I most of the time get it wrong. Could you explain why Sarah is G+12 ?

And could you tell me the easiest way to solve those kinds of problems
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Re: 8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now [#permalink]  06 May 2012, 10:49
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Hello guys

I just started to with the mgmat word problems and I am stuck at this word problem

8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now 20 years older than George. How old will George be in 10 years?

In step one, the book assigned one Variable for both Sarah and George and wrote that
8 years ago
George G-8
Sarah G+12

I know how to solve this the long way assigning 2 variable, which is troublesome and I most of the time get it wrong. Could you explain why Sarah is G+12 ?

And could you tell me the easiest way to solve those kinds of problems

8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now 20 years older than George. How old will George be in 10 years?

Sarah is now 20 years older than George --> S=G+20 --> Sarah 8 years ago was G+20-8=G+12 years old.

We also know that 8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah --> (G-8)*2=G+12 --> G=28.

In 10 years George will be 28+10=38 years old.

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Re: 8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now [#permalink]  06 May 2012, 12:40
Is it possible to lend me your brain for 4 hours on the 30th of May?

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Re: 8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now [#permalink]  30 May 2012, 16:19
all of us did your thought :DD here on gmat club.

Ok but this is a simple question on gmat land......practice is the key.
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Re: 8 years ago, George was half as old as Sarah. Sarah is now [#permalink]  31 May 2012, 04:37
olwan wrote:
Is it possible to lend me your brain for 4 hours on the 30th of May?

Isnt that a wonderful thought!

But we wont be able to do that

Practice they say, is the key!
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