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Thanks ywilfred. Here it is:

X/|X| < X. Which of the following MUST be true?

1) X > 1

2) X > -1

3) |X| < 1

4) |X| = 1

5) |X|^2 > 1

Only A for me.

X/|X| < X
if X<0, then X/ -X < X => X>-1 => -1<X<0
if X>0, then X>1
By definition, X will not equal to zero, so C and B are out. X cannot be equal to -1, so D is out. E cannot be true because X and be less than -1.

a) If x = 2, then x/|x| < x. If x = 1.5, then x/|x| < x. Looks good.
b) If x = 1, then x/|x| = x. If x = 2, then x/|x| <x> x. If x = -1/2, then x/|x| <x> 1. Then |x| must be an integer. But x can be positve or negative integer. If x = -4, then x/|x| > x. If x = 4, then x/|x| < x. Out.

a) If x = 2, then x/|x| < x. If x = 1.5, then x/|x| < x. Looks good. b) If x = 1, then x/|x| = x. If x = 2, then x/|x| <x> x. If x = -1/2, then x/|x| <x> 1. Then |x| must be an integer. But x can be positve or negative integer. If x = -4, then x/|x| > x. If x = 4, then x/|x| < x. Out.

A is best.

This question is from GMATCLUB's question collection 2.0 . I also got A, but the author thinks the answer is B.
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X/|X| < X (Not here that X must be !=0 as the equation exists)
<=> X/|X| - X < 0
<=> X - X*|X| < 0 as |X| > 0
<=> X * (1-|X|) < 0

Implies 2 cases :

o If X > 0 then 1 - |X| < 0
<=> |X| > 1
=> X > 1 as X > 0.

o If X < 0 then 1 - |X| > 0
<=> |X| < 1
=> 0 > X > - 1 as X < 0.

So, all in all, to be sure that the equation X/|X| < X is always true, we must take an interval in the answer choice that contains both intervals above. Thus, X > -1.

X/|X| < X (Not here that X must be !=0 as the equation exists) <=> X/|X| - X < 0 <=> X - X*|X| < 0 as |X| > 0 <=> X * (1-|X|) < 0

Implies 2 cases :

o If X > 0 then 1 - |X| < 0 <=> |X| > 1 => X > 1 as X > 0.

o If X < 0 then 1 - |X| > 0 <=> |X| < 1 => 0 > X > - 1 as X < 0.

So, all in all, to be sure that the equation X/|X| < X is always true, we must take an interval in the answer choice that contains both intervals above. Thus, X > -1.

How about 0?

X/|X| < X is an inequation that exists so we cannot have x = 0

So, yes.... it's voluntarily that the author asks x > -1.... because it must be true.... even if -1 < x < 0 U X > 1 is the complete solution

X/|X| < X (Not here that X must be !=0 as the equation exists) <=> X/|X| - X < 0 <=> X - X*|X| < 0 as |X| > 0 <=> X * (1-|X|) < 0

Implies 2 cases :

o If X > 0 then 1 - |X| < 0 <=> |X| > 1 => X > 1 as X > 0.

o If X < 0 then 1 - |X| > 0 <=> |X| < 1 => 0 > X > - 1 as X < 0.

So, all in all, to be sure that the equation X/|X| < X is always true, we must take an interval in the answer choice that contains both intervals above. Thus, X > -1.

How about 0?

X/|X| < X is an inequation that exists so we cannot have x = 0

So, yes.... it's voluntarily that the author asks x > -1.... because it must be true.... even if -1 < x < 0 U X > 1 is the complete solution

Fig, we agree that the actual solution is (-1<x<0) U (X>1). But among the given choices, only X>1 always satisfies the inequality.

For X>-1, test X=1/2. The inequality doesn't stand. So, the answer must be A, not B.
_________________

for every person who doesn't try because he is
afraid of loosing , there is another person who
keeps making mistakes and succeeds..

X/|X| < X (Not here that X must be !=0 as the equation exists) <=> X/|X| - X < 0 <=> X - X*|X| < 0 as |X| > 0 <=> X * (1-|X|) < 0

Implies 2 cases :

o If X > 0 then 1 - |X| < 0 <=> |X| > 1 => X > 1 as X > 0.

o If X < 0 then 1 - |X| > 0 <=> |X| < 1 => 0 > X > - 1 as X < 0.

So, all in all, to be sure that the equation X/|X| < X is always true, we must take an interval in the answer choice that contains both intervals above. Thus, X > -1.

How about 0?

X/|X| < X is an inequation that exists so we cannot have x = 0

So, yes.... it's voluntarily that the author asks x > -1.... because it must be true.... even if -1 < x < 0 U X > 1 is the complete solution

Fig, we agree that the actual solution is (-1<x<0) U (X>1). But among the given choices, only X>1 always satisfies the inequality.

For X>-1, test X=1/2. The inequality doesn't stand. So, the answer must be A, not B.

X/|X| < X (Not here that X must be !=0 as the equation exists) <=> X/|X| - X < 0 <=> X - X*|X| <0> 0 <=> X * (1-|X|) <0> 0 then[/b] 1 - |X| < 0 <X> 1 => X > 1 as X > 0.

o If X <0> 0 <=> |X| <1> 0 > X > - 1 as X < 0.

So, all in all, to be sure that the equation X/|X| <X> -1.

How about 0?

X/|X| < X is an inequation that exists so we cannot have x = 0

So, yes.... it's voluntarily that the author asks x > -1.... because it must be true.... even if -1 < x <0> 1 is the complete solution

Fig, we agree that the actual solution is (-1<x<0>1). But among the given choices, only[b] X>1 always satisfies the inequality.

For X>-1, test X=1/2. The inequality doesn't stand. So, the answer must be A, not B.

'Always satisfies' is not 'must be'

Though i also choose A, i think it should be B as pointed by Fig. He/she has a valid point.