JCLEONES wrote:

A department manager distributed a number of pens, pencils,

and pads among the staff in the department, with each staff

member receiving x pens, y pencils, and z pads. How many

staff members were in the department?

(1) The numbers of pens, pencils, and pads

that each staff member received were in

the retio 2:3:4, respectively.

(2) The manager distributed a total of

18 pens, 27 pencils, and 36 pads

S1: Insuff, no information about the amount.

S2: could be several orders. 2pens, 3pencils, 4 pads or 6 pens, 9pencils and 12 pads.

This is the tricky part: using our example from S2 we can see that essentially they are both the same ratios, but have a different number of people.

So its E.