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GMAT Diagnostic Test Question 7
Field: Arithmetic, Fractions
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Which of the following numbers is the greatest?

A. $$\frac{1876452}{1876455}$$

B. $$\frac{1883446}{1883449}$$

C. $$\frac{1883453}{1883456}$$

D. $$\frac{1883456}{1883459}$$

E. $$\frac{1883491}{1883494}$$
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Explanation:

You have to notice that the difference between a numerator and denominator of any fraction equals 3. Thus, the greater the numerator/denominator, the greater the fraction. In this case, the greatest numerator is in the third fraction. The answer is E.

You might think of these two fractions as an extreme example:

$$\frac{997}{1000}$$ and $$\frac{1}{4}$$

The difference between numerator and denominator is the same for both fractions, as you can see. There's no doubt, though, that the first fraction is very close to 1, unlike the second one. So, having in mind the same difference between numerators and denominators of the fractions in the answer choices, the greater numerator (denominator) of the fraction, the greater the fraction.
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I noticed the difference bt was'nt able to conclude anything..So basically this is like comparing 1/4 , 5/8 and 7/10...since the last one has the highest numerator it will be the largest fraction..hmm..intresting..can somebody please elaborate on this ??
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You might think of these two fractions as an extreme example:

$$\frac{997}{1000}$$ and $$\frac{1}{4}$$

The difference between numerator and denominator is the same for both fractions, as you can see. There's no doubt, though, that the first fraction is very close to 1, unlike the second one. So, having in mind the same difference between numerators and denominators of the fractions in the answer choices, the greater numerator (denominator) of the fraction, the greater the fraction.

Hope this helps .
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I noticed the difference bt was'nt able to conclude anything..So basically this is like comparing 1/4 , 5/8 and 7/10...since the last one has the highest numerator it will be the largest fraction..hmm..intresting..can somebody please elaborate on this ??

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You might think of these two fractions as an extreme example:

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The difference between numerator and denominator is the same for both fractions, as you can see. There's no doubt, though, that the first fraction is very close to 1, unlike the second one. So, having in mind the same difference between numerators and denominators of the fractions in the answer choices, the greater numerator (denominator) of the fraction, the greater the fraction.

Hope this helps .

Thanks for elaborating, this actually helps a lot
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You might think of these two fractions as an extreme example:

and

The difference between numerator and denominator is the same for both fractions, as you can see. There's no doubt, though, that the first fraction is very close to 1, unlike the second one. So, having in mind the same difference between numerators and denominators of the fractions in the answer choices, the greater numerator (denominator) of the fraction, the greater the fraction.

Hope this helps .

Thanks for elaborating, this actually helps a lot

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1876452/1876455 = 1876455/1876455 - 3/1876455 = 1- 3/1876455
1883456/1883459 = 1883459/1883459 - 3/1883459 = 1- 3/1883459
1883491/1883494 = 1883494/1883494 - 3/1883494 = 1- 3/1883494 = LARGEST
(3/1883494 - SMALLEST)
1883446/1883449 = 1883449/1883449 - 3/1883449 = 1- 3/1883449
1883453/1883456 = 1883456/1883456 - 3/1883456 = 1- 3/1883456

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I doubt the actual GMAT would ever arrange the answer choices in such order.

It would most likely do such as:

a. 1876452/1876455
b. 1876456/1876459
c. 1876460/1876463
d. 1876464/1876467
e. 1876468/1876471
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In general,

we can see in each variant regularity n/[n+3] = [n+3-3]/[n+3] = 1-3/[n+3].

So n/[n+3] is greatest when n is greatest. Two inverse dependences (1/[n] and -n) give direct dependence.

The greatesr n = 1883491. And the best answer is C.
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I doubt the actual GMAT would ever arrange the answer choices in such order.

It would most likely do such as:

a. 1876452/1876455
b. 1876456/1876459
c. 1876460/1876463
d. 1876464/1876467
e. 1876468/1876471

Thanks! That's right. Need to rearrange (though only one is 187... - others are 188...)
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I've updated the PDF, Answers Sheet and the online version of the test.
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Guess its E. This spun me around for some time
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We've reordered the answer choices per linfongyu's suggestion. The answer is E now, as stated in the OE.
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this is a good concept to learn. I got it wrong because I thought it's the other way around.
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My answer was D. I compared fractions. 2/5 was smaller than 6/9, 6/9 was greater than 3/6 & = to 6/9 but > than 1/4. I guess I should have known that the correct answer wouldn't be either of the numbers w/ 6/9. Still don't understand how it's E though..
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manojmakkatt wrote:
1876452/1876455 = 1876455/1876455 - 3/1876455 = 1- 3/1876455
1883456/1883459 = 1883459/1883459 - 3/1883459 = 1- 3/1883459
1883491/1883494 = 1883494/1883494 - 3/1883494 = 1- 3/1883494 = LARGEST
(3/1883494 - SMALLEST)
1883446/1883449 = 1883449/1883449 - 3/1883449 = 1- 3/1883449
1883453/1883456 = 1883456/1883456 - 3/1883456 = 1- 3/1883456

if you look at it this way, it all makes sense seems like a piece of cake, however when you're doing it in a test, I for one, stump and get nervous and just counting seconds on my mind when handing too many similar looking numbers like this one.
anyone has a tip for me in how to go about taking control of this stress?
also does anyone know how to go training your mind to thinking this way in the exam?

thanks
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manojmakkatt wrote:
1876452/1876455 = 1876455/1876455 - 3/1876455 = 1- 3/1876455
1883456/1883459 = 1883459/1883459 - 3/1883459 = 1- 3/1883459
1883491/1883494 = 1883494/1883494 - 3/1883494 = 1- 3/1883494 = LARGEST
(3/1883494 - SMALLEST)
1883446/1883449 = 1883449/1883449 - 3/1883449 = 1- 3/1883449
1883453/1883456 = 1883456/1883456 - 3/1883456 = 1- 3/1883456

if you look at it this way, it all makes sense seems like a piece of cake, however when you're doing it in a test, I for one, stump and get nervous and just counting seconds on my mind when handing too many similar looking numbers like this one.
anyone has a tip for me in how to go about taking control of this stress?
also does anyone know how to go training your mind to thinking this way in the exam?

thanks

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When I see this question, I see:
$$\frac{1}{2}<\frac{3}{4}<\frac{5}{6}....$$
as the denominator gets larger, the fraction gets closer to 1

So not too difficult ..600 level
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Guys, not sure if this has been said before, but I noticed this mistake (at least it appears to me as a mistake) in the OE:

The fifth fraction has the biggest numerator, not the third. I hope this helps. Awesome job, by the way, guys!
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Thank you. I will correct that. +1
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Guys, not sure if this has been said before, but I noticed this mistake (at least it appears to me as a mistake) in the OE:

The fifth fraction has the biggest numerator, not the third. I hope this helps. Awesome job, by the way, guys!

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