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# If $40,000 less than John’s salary is$5,000 more than 25% more than h

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If $40,000 less than John’s salary is$5,000 more than 25% more than half his salary, then what is John’s salary?

(A) $80,000 (B)$100,000

(C) $120,000 (D)$135,000

(E) $140,000 Word problems can be tricky. For a detailed discussion of how to get from words to math, as well as the OE for this problem, see: Intro to GMAT Word Problems, Part 1: Translating from Word to Math Mike [Reveal] Spoiler: OA _________________ Mike McGarry Magoosh Test Prep Kudos [?]: 8424 [0], given: 102  Magoosh Discount Codes e-GMAT Discount Codes Economist GMAT Tutor Discount Codes Math Forum Moderator Joined: 02 Aug 2009 Posts: 4967 Kudos [?]: 5453 [0], given: 112 Re: If$40,000 less than John’s salary is $5,000 more than 25% more than h [#permalink] ### Show Tags 02 May 2016, 19:56 mikemcgarry wrote: If$40,000 less than John’s salary is $5,000 more than 25% more than half his salary, then what is John’s salary? (A)$80,000

(B) $100,000 (C)$120,000

(D) $135,000 (E)$140,000

Word problems can be tricky. For a detailed discussion of how to get from words to math, as well as the OE for this problem, see:
Intro to GMAT Word Problems, Part 1: Translating from Word to Math

Mike

hi,

the BEST way to move here is to move step wise..
$40,000 less than John’s salary = J-40000... (i)$5,000 more than 25% more than half his salary = $$5000 + 1.25 *\frac{1}{2}*J$$... (ii)

as per Q (i) = (ii)..
so $$J-40000 = 5000+ \frac{125}{100} *\frac{J}{2}$$..
so $$J-\frac{5}{8}*J = 45000$$..
$$\frac{3}{8}* J = 45000$$..
J = 120000

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