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percent [#permalink]  05 Sep 2003, 04:19
The book says the answer is d. Why is E. wrong?

3*10^4 is greater than 4*10^3 by what percent?

A. 25%
B. 75%
C. 133 1/3%
D. 650%
E. 750%
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The way I did it....

30,000 > 4,000 by what percent

30,000- 4,000 = 26,000

26,000 = x/100 (4000)

x= 650
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So If the question read 30,000 is what percent of 4,000 would the answer than be 750%? I think this is where I went wrong.

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yes, exactly, it's the "greater than" that we have to be careful with.
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toujours28 wrote:
yes, exactly, it's the "greater than" that we have to be careful with.

greater than means a difference
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stolyar wrote:
toujours28 wrote:
yes, exactly, it's the "greater than" that we have to be careful with.

greater than means a difference

Agree.

rich: where did you get this question from? This is not a genuine trick they've used. This is just nonsense, trying to question reader's ability to understand the question correctly by playing game of nonobvious ambiguity.
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I picked up a book from a local gmat course. The USDA course in Washington D.C.
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