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If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ?

(1) a < c
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Re: If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ? [#permalink]  24 Sep 2012, 05:19
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If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ?

(1) a < c. From this statement we cannot determine whether x < y. For example, consider that a and c are some negative numbers and x and y are some positive numbers, we can have that x<y as well as y<x. Not sufficient.

(2) b < c. Since, b<c, then a < x < b<c < y < d --> x<y. Sufficient.

Answer: B.
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Re: If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ? [#permalink]  24 Sep 2012, 05:34
1) Insufficient
2) Sufficient

Answer B
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Re: If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ? [#permalink]  24 Sep 2012, 08:51
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Statement 1: A <c... insufficient...

Statement. 2 ...sufficient..because B<c.. X must be less than Y..
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Re: If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ? [#permalink]  24 Sep 2012, 09:21
Bunuel wrote:
If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ?

(1) a < c
(2) b < c

x < y?

(1)
a < x < b
c < y < d
and a < c
these 2 eqns can be combined in multiple ways

a...x...b...c...y...d
or
a...c..y...d...x..b
etc.
Thus, x can be greater or lesser than y
So, this is not sufficient

(2)
a < x < b
c < y < d
and b < c

these 3 eqns can be fit only in one way
a...x...b...c...y...d
=> x < y

Thus this is sufficient.

Hence B
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Re: If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ? [#permalink]  28 Sep 2012, 05:38
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If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ?

(1) a < c. From this statement we cannot determine whether x < y. For example, consider that a and c are some negative numbers and x and y are some positive numbers, we can have that x<y as well as y<x. Not sufficient.

(2) b < c. Since, b<c, then a < x < b<c < y < d --> x<y. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

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Re: If a < x < b and c < y < d, is x < y ? [#permalink]  28 Sep 2012, 07:19
This one is tricky because we could assume right away that we need both stats ar at least 3 elements to have an answer

1) a < c we do not know nothing about B (in this case we can see B as a pivotal element)

2) b < c thi is suff because in the chain a < b AND b < c the c < d........

B is the answer
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