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# If x + y >0, is x > |y| ? (1) x > y (2) y < 0

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If x + y >0, is x > |y| ? (1) x > y (2) y < 0 [#permalink]  29 Aug 2003, 01:45
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If x + y >0, is x > |y| ?

(1) x > y
(2) y < 0

The answer is D (either 1 or 2 is sufficient).
Please do the math for me~
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There is no math at all!

The question and answer choces are as easy as possible

(1) x > y indicates that y is positive, so x > |y| is true. So (1) is sufficient
(2) if y < 0 then x is positive and |x|>|y|. Suficient
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bono wrote:
There is no math at all!

The question and answer choces are as easy as possible

(1) x > y indicates that y is positive, so x > |y| is true. So (1) is sufficient
(2) if y < 0 then x is positive and |x|>|y|. Suficient

I don't understand your explanation. In (1), y does not have to be positive. Consider x = 2 and y = -1. In (2), just because X is positive doesn't explani why x > |y|.

Here is my solution:

We are given x + y > 0. This is the same as

x > -y

(1) x > y. If x > y AND x > -y, then x > |y|
(2) y < 0. This means that |y| = -y. Hence, substituting into x > -y we get x > |y|.
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