Hi,

The best way to solve any MUST-BE/COULD –BE question in GMAT is plugging in,

Just plug values based out of the range given in the question,

Let’s pick x= 1

(A) x --> 1

(B) x^2 -->1

(C) 2x -->2

(D) x + 2 -->3

(E) 2^x -->2

So answer has to be D.

Here we are little lucky, because we plugged in value, we got the answer.

But sometime we might have to Plug more than once to get to a final answer.

Some students might think, we have plugged in only one value, what if we try other values and we might get more options,

Just remember this in GMAT, MUST BE means “Always”. So here all the other four options were not greater than D for x = 1. So we can eliminate.

So answer is D.

Hope this helps.

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