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So the answer should be E. However, the answer key says C. What concept am I missing?

Thanks.

Source of the question is a file that I downloaded from the "Downloads" section here. Advanced GMAT question with readyforGMAT.com on the bottom of the page.

(1) x+y>0. The sum of two numbers is greater than 0, from this we cannot say which one is greater. Consider (x, y)=(1, 2) and (x, y)=(2, 1). Not sufficient.

(2) x^2-y^2>0 --> x^2>y^2 --> |x|>|y|. Not sufficient. Consider: (x, y)=(-2, 1) and (x, y)=(2, 1).

(1)+(2) From (2) we have that (x-y)(x+y)>0 and from (1) we have that x+y>0, thus x-y>0. Sufficient.

Your answer totally makes sense - I'm curious, what led you to immediately jump to X>Y --> X-Y>0? To be honest, if I saw the question in the latter form, my first instinct would be to assume that the real question to be is X>Y?. Appreciate the help!

Your answer totally makes sense - I'm curious, what led you to immediately jump to X>Y --> X-Y>0? To be honest, if I saw the question in the latter form, my first instinct would be to assume that the real question to be is X>Y?. Appreciate the help!

Hard to say. When I see x>y, I automatically see x-y>0. Guess it comes with practice. _________________

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