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What about the example of y=0? Then x/y is surely greater than 1, hence I chose answer E.



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vgmatv wrote: What about the example of y=0? Then x/y is surely greater than 1, hence I chose answer E. x/0 can be really big OR really small... From my earlier post: If we approach 0 from the positive side, then it looks like 0.5/0 is a REALLY BIG POSITIVE NUMBER 0.5/0.1 = 5 0.5/0.01 = 50 0.5/0.001 = 500 0.5/0.0001 = 5000 0.5/0.00001 = 50000 etc. But what if we approach 0 from the NEGATIVE side: 0.5/(0.1) = 5 0.5/(0.01) = 50 0.5/(0.001) = 500 0.5/(0.0001) = 5000 0.5/(0.00001) = 50000 Here it looks like 0.5/0 will be a REALLY BIG NEGATIVE NUMBER This is why we say that x/0 is undefined. Cheers, Brent
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Manbehindthecurtain wrote: Are x and y both positive?
(1) 2x2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 Statement 1: 2x2y = 1 IF we get a positive integer (1) when value 2 (2y) is subtracted from value 1 (2x), then it means value 1 is definitely greater than value 2.That means: 2x>2y =x>y Actually statement 1 says that x>y. now plug in: 5>3>yes, both are positive. again, 3>5>no, both are negative. So, insufficient.Statement 2: x/y>1 Now, plug in: 5/3>1>yes, both are positive again, 5/3>1>no, both are negative. So, insufficient.Now combining statement 1 and statement 2: x>y>Statement 1 x/y>1>statement 2 So, plug in: 5/3>1, yes both are positive.again, 3/5>1? does not maintain the statements condition. again, 5/3>1?does not maintain the statements condition. So, The correct choice is C.Thank you...
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Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x2y=1 (2) x/y>1
Sorry for bringing this old question up in the loop. I could see many explanations that used some algebraic inequalities and arrived at the conclusion that Both Statements 1 and 2 are required. I agree that one statement alone will never suffice
But if we take an example such as x=0.5 , y=1 , then statement 1 and 2 (modified to x/y >1 > x>y )are both satisfied. for x=1 and y=0.5 , then statement 1 and 2 (modified to x/y >1 > x>y )are both satisfied. So E is correct. Can someone explain what this discrepancy is ??



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Manbehindthecurtain wrote: Are x and y both positive?
(1) 2x2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 mikemcgarry Hi Mike need your advice. I had gone through a solution of yours of using graph to solve inequality which was amazing.I was trying to use similar approach. Can you please help me how C is the right answer by graphical approach. I am getting how statement 1 and 2 by themselves are not sufficient but cannot come upto C



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TaN1213 wrote: Bunuel wrote: Are x and y both positive?(1) 2x2y=1 (2) x/y>1 (1) 2x2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x2y=1 > y=x1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient. (2) x/y>1 > x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient. (1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less timeconsuming and comfortable for you personally. One of the approaches: \(2x2y=1\) > \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\) \(\frac{x}{y}>1\) > \(\frac{xy}{y}>0\) > substitute x > \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) > \(y\) is positive, and as \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\), \(x\) is positive too. Sufficient. Answer: C. Discussed here: http://gmatclub.com/forum/ds193964.htm ... approaches and also here along with other hard inequality problems: http://gmatclub.com/forum/inequalityan ... 86939.htmlHope it helps. Hi Buñuel, If we put x=1/2 & y=0 , would you please explain how are both statements together sufficient? Both statements hold true for these values of x and y, yet 0 is not positive. Regards. chris558 wrote: Are x and y both positive?
1) 2x2y=1 2(xy)=1 xy=1/2 >3/41/4=1/2....YES >1/4(3/4)=1/2...NO INSUFFICIENT
2) x/y>1 This just means that x and y have the same sign. They're either both positive or both negative. INSUFFICIENT
1&2) x=1/2+y
(1/2+y)/y>1 y/2 + 1 > 1 y/2 > 0 which means that Y is greater than 0. And since both x and y have the same sign, both x and y are Positive. YES.
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Jk8269 wrote: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x2y=1 (2) x/y>1
Sorry for bringing this old question up in the loop. I could see many explanations that used some algebraic inequalities and arrived at the conclusion that Both Statements 1 and 2 are required. I agree that one statement alone will never suffice
But if we take an example such as x=0.5 , y=1 , then statement 1 and 2 (modified to x/y >1 > x>y )are both satisfied. for x=1 and y=0.5 , then statement 1 and 2 (modified to x/y >1 > x>y )are both satisfied. So E is correct. Can someone explain what this discrepancy is ?? Hi, I think the discrepancy is that you are plugging in differents sets of numbers. When you plug in, you have to plug in the same numbers for both statements. IMO, it is better to approach the statements rather than trying to shoehorn them. In your example, if you stick with the numbers you used for statement 1, then statement 2 will be invalid, i.e .5/1 is not >1. Basically, you have changed the prompt. IMO, the most effective way to solve this problem is a combination of the algebraic and plugin method. Combining both equations will show that 1/2y > 0, if this is true, then y is positive and if you go back to 1. i.e x=y+.5, with y being positive, x must surely be positive. Hence combining the statements is sufficient, hence C. Now to plug in requires you to know that the difference between x and y is .5 and that x is the greater number. However, as you rightly suggested, we are not aware of the signs. Yet, statement 2 said x/y 1 >0 . Now intuitively, for this to be consistent x has to be positive because otherwise, the absolute value of x would have to change. And if x is positive, y must be as well. Plug in examples: \(x= 1.5 y=1\), For statement 1, = \(32=1\) correct ; statement 2 = \(\frac{1.5}{1} >1\)correct Mistake answer \(x= 1, y=1.5\), For statement 1, =\(2+3=1\) correct ; statement 2 = \(\frac{1}{1.5} < 1\) incorrect Since all positive values of x and y work. Both statements are definitely sufficient. Best,
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Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x2y = 1 2(xy) = 1 xy = 1/2 = 05 Lets substitute some values and check: x = 0.1 & y = 0.4 0.1  (0.4) = 0.5 ==============> Answer to the question is NO x = 1 & y = 0.5 1  05 = 0.5 =================> Answer to the questions is YES As we are getting multiple answers, Statement (1) is Not Sufficient.(2) x/y > 1 Which means both x & y have same sing, they can be either positive or both negative. As we are getting multiple answers, statement (2) us Not Sufficient.Now, lets combine both (1) and (2) we get: x = y + 1/2 also, we know x/y>1 which means: (y+1/2)/y>1 which means y is > 0 as y>0, x has to be > 0 as well. So we can come to the conclusion that both x & y are positive. Hence, Answer is C
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Are x and y both positive?
(1) 2x2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1
Solution:
Statement 1: xy=0..5. So x=1& y=0.5 or x=0& y=0.5. Therefore insufficient. Statement 2: x,y can be both positive or both negative.
Combining St1 & St2, Both the values can't be negative to yield a positive value. Therefore both x & y are positive.
Therefore the answer is Option C.



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Bunuel wrote: Are x and y both positive?(1) 2x2y=1 (2) x/y>1 (1) 2x2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x2y=1 > y=x1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient. (2) x/y>1 > x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient. (1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less timeconsuming and comfortable for you personally. One of the approaches: \(2x2y=1\) > \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\) \(\frac{x}{y}>1\) > \(\frac{xy}{y}>0\) > substitute x > \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) > \(y\) is positive, and as \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\), \(x\) is positive too. Sufficient. Answer: C. Discussed here: http://gmatclub.com/forum/ds193964.htm ... approaches and also here along with other hard inequality problems: http://gmatclub.com/forum/inequalityan ... 86939.htmlHope it helps. How do you get x > \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) > \(y\) is positive ? this part really confuse me



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pclawong wrote: Bunuel wrote: Are x and y both positive?(1) 2x2y=1 (2) x/y>1 (1) 2x2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x2y=1 > y=x1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient. (2) x/y>1 > x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient. (1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less timeconsuming and comfortable for you personally. One of the approaches: \(2x2y=1\) > \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\) \(\frac{x}{y}>1\) > \(\frac{xy}{y}>0\) > substitute x > \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) > \(y\) is positive, and as \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\), \(x\) is positive too. Sufficient. Answer: C. Discussed here: http://gmatclub.com/forum/ds193964.htm ... approaches and also here along with other hard inequality problems: http://gmatclub.com/forum/inequalityan ... 86939.htmlHope it helps. How do you get x > \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) > \(y\) is positive ? this part really confuse me \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) Positive/y > 0. y = positive.
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Bunuel wrote: pclawong wrote: Bunuel wrote: Are x and y both positive?(1) 2x2y=1 (2) x/y>1 (1) 2x2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x2y=1 > y=x1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient. (2) x/y>1 > x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient. (1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less timeconsuming and comfortable for you personally. One of the approaches: \(2x2y=1\) > \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\) \(\frac{x}{y}>1\) > \(\frac{xy}{y}>0\) > substitute x > \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) > \(y\) is positive, and as \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\), \(x\) is positive too. Sufficient. Answer: C. Discussed here: http://gmatclub.com/forum/ds193964.htm ... approaches and also here along with other hard inequality problems: http://gmatclub.com/forum/inequalityan ... 86939.htmlHope it helps. How do you get x > \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) > \(y\) is positive ? this part really confuse me \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) Positive/y > 0. y = positive. Thank you for your response. But my question is , how do you get 1/y from (xy)/y ?



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Bunuel wrote: So from (2) \(\frac{x}{y}>1\), we can only deduce that \(x\) and \(y\) have the same sigh (either both positive or both negative).
This helped me a lot and gave me an easy way to see the solution. Statement 1: insufficient, all we have is y = x  0.5. Statement 2: insufficient, all we know is that x and y are the same sign (negative/negative or positive/positive), and that x/y > 1. Combined statements: If we look at the graph of y = x  0.5, we can see that it is a straight line that goes through quadrant 1, 3, and 4. We can ignore all the values in quadrant 4 because in that quadrant, x and y are different signs. We can ignore the values in quadrant 3, because in that quadrant x/y < 1. Which means that the values must be in quadrant 1, because only there is x/y > 1. Which means x and y are both positive, both statements together are sufficient.



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Manbehindthecurtain wrote: Are x and y both positive?
(1) \(2x2y = 1\)
(2) \(\frac{x}{y} > 1\) Statement 1 2(xy) =1  all we know is that the difference of x and y must be positive too many possibilities [4,5], ; [1/4 , (1/4)] ; [5, 4] ; [0 (1/2)] insuff Statement 2 Could be negativenegative or positivepositive insuff Statement 1 and 2Using both statements we can rule out the possibility of x being 0 and y being negative and we can rule out the possibility of y being a smaller negative number than x... so the only viable options are positive and positive C



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Hi, What if we consider x=0 and y=1/2. Then both the conditions are satisfied. So the answer will be e I guess. Please let me know where am I going wrong Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using GMAT Club Forum mobile app



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Bunuel wrote: zerotoinfinite2006 wrote: Manbehindthecurtain wrote: Are x and Y both positive?
1) 2X2Y = 1 2) (x/y) > 1
I guessed and got it right with a 50/50 guess at the end. What I have done here is this 1) 2x  2y = 1 hence x  y = \frac{1}{2} {Dividing both side by 2} In sufficient 2) x > y Alone in sufficient When (1) + (2) We can say that if X is greater than y than xy will yield a positive result.Please correct me if I am wrong First of all: the question is "are x and Y both positive?" not whether "xy will yield a positive result". Next, the red part is not correct. \(\frac{x}{y}>1\) does not mean that \(x>y\). If both \(x\) and \(y\) are positive, then \(x>y\), BUT if both are negative, then \(x<y\). What you are actually doing when writing \(x>y\) from \(\frac{x}{y}>1\) is multiplying both parts of inequality by \(y\): never multiply (or reduce) an inequality by variable (or by an expression with variable) if you don't know the sign of it or are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero.So from (2) \(\frac{x}{y}>1\), we can only deduce that \(x\) and \(y\) have the same sigh (either both positive or both negative). See the complete solution of this problem in my previous post. Hope it helps. Need urgent help on this one.Please my exam is tomorrow. (1) + (2) means xy = 0.5 and x>y ; cant we take example of x = 3 and y = 3.5 and solve



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