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Is |x−z−y|>x−z+y?

(1) 0<x<z<y
(2) (x–z–y) is negative


I have been doing various GMAT problems, and one major confusion was pertaining to absolute sign problems in data sufficiency (Specifically the one mentioned below)

Using the standard approach for absolute problems, I usually interpreted the question as if x-z-y >0, Then y<0 OR if x-z-y<0, Then x<z.
However my point of confusion starts, when i start looking at the two given statements.

As per the above problem, statement 1 states that x<z - Is this only information sufficient or do we also need the condition that x-z-y<0. I am really confused at this part, in some problems, both the statements are used, and in some statements only one statement is sufficient. I am really not sure how should i go about dealing with the DS statements for these type of absolute problems.

Please clarify my confusion or let me know if i am missing out on something. Thanks you.
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Re: Is |x−z−y|>x−z+y? [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2013, 05:17
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Is |x−z−y|>x−z+y?

(1) 0<x<z<y. This implies that x-z-y is negative (positive number x minus greater number z minus greater number y must be less than 0). Thus |x-z-y|=-(x-z-y)=y+z-x. So, the question becomes: is y+z-x>x-z+y? --> is 2z>2x? --> is z>x? The statement gives an YES answer to the question. Sufficient.

(2) (x–z–y) is negative. Almost the same here: |x-z-y|=-(x-z-y)=y+z-x. So, the question becomes: is y+z-x>x-z+y? --> is 2z>2x? --> is z>x? We don't know that. Not sufficient.

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Re: Is |x−z−y|>x−z+y? [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 16:06
Is |x−z−y|>x−z+y?

(1) 0<x<z<y
Because x is less than z is less than y, |x-z-y| is negative, so:
z>x which is given to us in the statement.

(2) (x–z–y) is negative
However, we are not given any more information.

Re: Is |x−z−y|>x−z+y?   [#permalink] 27 Jun 2013, 16:06
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