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The 39 parents participating in the Smithville PTA have been assigned to at least 1 of 3 committees: festival planning, classroom aid, and teacher relations. 21 parents are assigned to the festival planning committee, 18 parents are assigned to the classroom aid committee, and 19 parents are assigned to the teacher relations committee. If 5 parents are assigned to all 3 committees, how many parents are assigned to exactly 2 committees?

A. 4
B. 6
C. 8
D. 9
E. 10
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The 39 parents participating in the Smithville PTA have been assigned to at least 1 of 3 committees: festival planning, classroom aid, and teacher relations. 21 parents are assigned to the festival planning committee, 18 parents are assigned to the classroom aid committee, and 19 parents are assigned to the teacher relations committee. If 5 parents are assigned to all 3 committees, how many parents are assigned to exactly 2 committees?

A. 4
B. 6
C. 8
D. 9
E. 10


Total = A + B + C - (sum \ of \ EXACTLY \ 2-group \ overlaps) - 2*(all \ three) + Neither.

Since each parent is assigned to at least 1 of 3 committees, then the # of parents assigned to neither of them is 0.

39=21+18+19-x-2*5+0 --> x=9.

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The formula is Total = A+B+C - sum of exactly two + 2*all three + neither
21+18+19-x-2*5=39
solving for x you get 9
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