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x, y, and z are positive integers. The average (arithmetic mean) of x, y, and z is 11. If z is two greater than x, which of the following must be true?

I. x is even
II. y is odd
III. z is odd

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II only
E. I and III only
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X, y, and z are positive integers. The average (arithmetic mean) of x, y, and z is 11. If z is two greater than x, which of the following must be true?

I. x is even
II. y is odd
III. z is odd

a. I only
b. II only
c. III only
d. I and II only
e. 1 and III only
2x+y+2 = 33 ie: 2x+y = 31

y is sure odd

my answer is B
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Just to add...
Once you have established that I need not be true, you can eliminate II as well because:
z = x + 2.
Unless you know whether x is even or odd, you cannot know whether z is even or odd.
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X+Y+Z =33
Z=X+2
2X+2+Y=33
2(X+1)+Y=33

even + Y =odd
Therefore, Y must be odd


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Hi Guys,

I got a very good qns. Try it.

X, y, and z are positive integers. The average (arithmetic mean) of x, y, and z is 11. If z is two greater than x, which of the following must be true?

I. x is even
II. y is odd
III. z is odd

a. I only
b. II only
c. III only
d. I and II only
e. 1 and III only


OA is B
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x, y, and z are positive integers. The average (arithmetic mean) of x, y, and z is 11. If z is two greater than x, which of the following must be true?

I. x is even
II. y is odd
III. z is odd

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II only
E. I and III only


The average (arithmetic mean) of x, y, and z is 11 --> \(x+y+z=3*11=33\)

z is two greater than x --> \(z=x+2\) (from this we have that either both x and z are odd or both are even) --> \(x+y+(x+2)=33\) --> \(2x+y=31\) --> \(even+y=odd\) --> \(y=odd-even=odd\).

As for x and z: if \(y=1=odd\), then \(x=15=odd\) and \(z=17=odd\) BUT if \(y=3=odd\), then \(x=14=even\) and \(z=16=even\).

Therefore only II must be true.

Answer: B.
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Given that:

x+y+z = 33 and z=x+2

using both equations

2x(Even) + y = 31 (Odd)


Since the sum is Odd 'y' has to be odd. Hence , only options (B) and (D) to be verified.

To check for 'x'.

x+y+z=33

x+z= 33- Odd

x+z= Even

Even + Even = Even
Odd+Odd = Even

So (B)
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x, y, and z are positive integers. The average (arithmetic mean) of x, y, and z is 11. If z is two greater than x, which of the following must be true?

I. x is even
II. y is odd
III. z is odd

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II only
E. I and III only


x + y + z = 33

x + y + (x+2) = 33

2x + y + 2 = 33

2x + y = 31

2x = 31 -y

x = \(\frac{31-y}{2}\)

So, we can say y must be an odd no and x can be even / odd.

Further we have z = x + 2

Since x can be odd/even ; z will be odd if x is odd and z will be even if x is even

So, we can be definite only about y as ODD

Hence answer is (B)
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Could someone explain this? Any great breakdowns of the data-sufficiency type of questions?


You need to note what is given to you and what is getting asked. Additionally, this is a MUST BE TRUE type of a question ---> correct option will be true for ALL cases.

Given: x,y,z are POSITIVE INTEGERS and the average of x,y,z=11

From average of x,y,z = 11----> (x+y+z)/3 = 11 ---> x+y+z=33 (odd)

Also, z=x+2 ---> if x=odd, then z=odd+even=odd (think of 2+3=5, odd) and if x=even, then z=even+2=even. (Remember that odd+odd=even, even + even = even, odd +even =odd)

Also as x+y+z=33, odd ---> you need to have 1 odd number to make the sum of 3 integers = odd. Thus, the only case possible is

x=even, y=odd and z=even.

Lets analyse the options:

I. x is even , not possible. Eliminate.
II. y is odd, yes, keep.
III. z is odd, not possible. Eliminate.

Thus, only II is must be true and hence B is the correct answer.

As for your DS related question, it is a very broad question that can not be answered in simpler terms. You need to practice to understand how to tackle DS problems. The concept remain the same as those for PS only the application part differs. Take a look at Manhattan GMAT's DS book and practice questions with DS tags at viewforumtags.php

It will be of help to you if you ask specific questions rather than asking such broad ended questions.

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