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This is easy, but I want to know if you have a method to assign values in the case of clue #2. I want to answer this type of questions as fast as I can. Thanks!

Is x>y?

(1) x = y + 2
(2) x/2 = y -1
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This is easy, but I want to know if you have a method to assign values in the case of clue #2. I want to answer this type of questions as fast as I can. Thanks!

Is x>y?

(1) x = y + 2
(2) x/2 = y -1


Is x>y?

(1) x=y+2 --> if you just read what is written you'll get "x is 2 more than y", so x is more than y. Sufficient.

Or you can substitute x in the question: is x>y? --> question becomes: is y+2>y? is 2>0? YES, 2 is more than 0. So the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) \frac{x}{2}=y-1 --> x=2y-2 --> substitute x in the question: is x>y? --> question becomes: is 2y-2>y? is y>2? We don't know that, hence this statement is not sufficient.

As for number plugging:
On DS questions when plugging numbers, goal is to prove that the statement is not sufficient. So we should try to get a YES answer with one chosen number(s) and a NO with another.

Try x=0 then y=1 and the answer to the question is NO;
Increase x: try x=10 then y=6 and the answer to the question is YES.

Two different answer, hence not sufficient.

Answer: A.

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Re: Is x > y? [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2010, 17:42
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metallicafan wrote:
This is easy, but I want to know if you have a method to assign values in the case of clue #2. I want to answer this type of questions as fast as I can. Thanks!

Is x>y?

(1) x = y + 2
(2) x/2 = y -1


Is x>y?

(1) x=y+2 --> if you just read what is written you'll get "x is 2 more than y", so x is more than y. Sufficient.

Or you can substitute x in the question: is x>y? --> question becomes: is y+2>y? is 2>0? YES, 2 is more than 0. So the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) \frac{x}{2}=y-1 --> x=2y-2 --> substitute x in the question: is x>y? --> question becomes: is 2y-2>y? is y>2? We don't know that, hence this statement is not sufficient.

As for number plugging:
On DS questions when plugging numbers, goal is to prove that the statement is not sufficient. So we should try to get a YES answer with one chosen number(s) and a NO with another.

Try x=0 then y=1 and the answer to the question is NO;
Increase x: try x=10 then y=6 and the answer to the question is YES.

Two different answer, hence not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it helps.


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Re: Is x > y? [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 00:06
substitution is best in this case
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