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# 4 LETTER COMBINATIONS

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Find the number of four-letter combinations of the letters in the words COLLEGE.

18
28
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04 Jul 2009, 16:15
The answer is 18. Check the link below for an explanation.

http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/56204.html

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04 Jul 2009, 18:45
I got this question from that link only and could not understand the explanation.
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04 Jul 2009, 20:34
mdfrahim wrote:
I got this question from that link only and could not understand the explanation.

That makes two of us
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05 Jul 2009, 02:36
zeppelin wrote:
mdfrahim wrote:
I got this question from that link only and could not understand the explanation.

That makes two of us

Nice brain teaser but this is not reflective of a gmat question.

but using GMAT concepts

let us first find the permutation of 4 letters from the word college = 7!/(7-4)! = 7!/3! = 840. So there are 840 different permutations.

From these combinations we need to discount half of the occurences where both L's and both E's occur. I'm a bit stumped here.

If someone can shed light on this train of thought that would be kind.

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