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A is 3 times older than B [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2014, 04:03
Does this mean A=3B or A=4B

Because if A is three times older than B, A is 3B older than B. I'm confused. (I'm not a native speaker.) :?: :|
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Re: A is 3 times older than B [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2014, 13:22
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Re: A is 3 times older than B [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 05:07
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Does this mean A=3B or A=4B

Because if A is three times older than B, A is 3B older than B. I'm confused. (I'm not a native speaker.) :?: :|


What is the source of this question?

A is 3 times older than B would mean that if B's age is B, then A's age A will be related as by => A - B = 3B

Thus, A = 4B.

You can also visualize it this way, since A is three times older than B, The difference between A's age and B's would be thrice B's. This is how I got the equation above.

I haven't come across "A is 3 times older than B" too often in GMAT-like questions. It is usually expressed as A is 4 times as old as B.

Hope this helps.
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Re: A is 3 times older than B [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 05:08
Thank goodness GMAT is much clearer than Chili books. :D

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Re: A is 3 times older than B [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 05:10
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Thank goodness GMAT is much clearer than Chili books. :D

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Re: A is 3 times older than B [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2014, 09:39
Hi,

"is" always means "="

Frank is 98 times taller than Bod ==> F=B+98
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