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# Contradictory Results from 2 statements

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13 Jul 2018, 21:09
Hi,

In the case of an Is question, eg: is $$x>0$$ if the 2 statements give me the following conclusions:

1) Yes ( $$x>0$$ )
2) No, ( $$x<=0$$ )

Hence although both statements are individually sufficient (D) they offer contradictory answers. What should be done in such a scenario?
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13 Jul 2018, 21:32
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lfc wrote:
Hi,

In the case of an Is question, eg: is $$x>0$$ if the 2 statements give me the following conclusions:

1) Yes ( $$x>0$$ )
2) No, ( $$x<=0$$ )

Hence although both statements are individually sufficient (D) they offer contradictory answers. What should be done in such a scenario?

the answer ofcourse would be D..
but will you get such a question in actuals... NO
Any source giving you such question are not likely to be very reliable..
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13 Jul 2018, 21:42
chetan2u wrote:
lfc wrote:
Hi,

In the case of an Is question, eg: is $$x>0$$ if the 2 statements give me the following conclusions:

1) Yes ( $$x>0$$ )
2) No, ( $$x<=0$$ )

Hence although both statements are individually sufficient (D) they offer contradictory answers. What should be done in such a scenario?

the answer ofcourse would be D..
but will you get such a question in actuals... NO
Any source giving you such question are not likely to be very reliable..

Yes the source is not a reliable one.
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14 Jul 2018, 02:06
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lfc wrote:
Hi,

In the case of an Is question, eg: is $$x>0$$ if the 2 statements give me the following conclusions:

1) Yes ( $$x>0$$ )
2) No, ( $$x<=0$$ )

Hence although both statements are individually sufficient (D) they offer contradictory answers. What should be done in such a scenario?

On the GMAT, two data sufficiency statements always provide TRUE information and these statements never contradict each other. So, for example, you cannot have x > 0 from one statement and x <=0 from another. Such a question would be considered flawed by GMAT standards.
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