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If a and b are integers, is a + b + 3 an odd integer?

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If a and b are integers, is a + b + 3 an odd integer?

(1) ab is an odd integer.
(2) a − b is an even integer.


(1) \(ab\) is an odd integer.

\(Odd * Odd = Odd\)

Therefore \(a\) and \(b\) should be Odd integers.

(\(Odd + Odd = Even\) ) and (\(Even + Odd = Odd\))

\(a + b = Even\)

\(a + b + 3 = Even + 3\) = Odd integer.

Hence I is Sufficient.

(2) \(a − b\) is an even integer.

\(Odd - Odd = Even\)

\(Even - Even = Even.\)

Therefore \(a\) and \(b\) could both either be Even or both be Odd.

If \(a\) and \(b\) are Odd. (\(Odd + Odd = Even\)) and (\(Even + Odd = Odd\))

\(a + b + 3 = Odd + Odd + 3 = Even + 3 = Odd\) --------- True.

If \(a\) and \(b\) are Even. (\(Even + Even = Even\)) and (\(Even + Odd = Odd\))

\(a + b + 3 = Even + Even + 3 = Even + 3 = Odd\) ------- True.

Hence II is Sufficient. Answer (D)...

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Given : a and b are integers
We need to find out if a + b + 3 is an odd integer

(1) ab is an odd integer.
This is possible only when both a and b are odd.
Hence sum of a and b will be even, making the sum(a + b + 3) an odd integer(Sufficient)
(2) a − b is an even integer.
This is possible when both a and b is even or odd.
In either case, the sum of a and b is even.
Thus, a+b+3 is odd(Sufficient) (Option D)
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If a and b are integers, is \(a + b + 3\) an odd integer?

In order to find \(a + b + 3\) is ODD, we need to find.

ODD + ODD + 3 = ODD

EVEN + EVEN + 3 = ODD


Which means, if we are able to confirm if a & b both are ODD or if a & b both are EVEN we should be able to answer the question.

(1) ab is an odd integer

ab = ODD

This means that a & b both are ODD

As per above this information should be sufficient to prove \(a + b + 3\) is ODD as ODD + ODD + 3 = ODD

Hence, Eq. (1) =====> is SUFFICIENT

(2) a − b is an even integer

a - b is EVEN

This is only possible if

a & b are both ODD

a & b are both EVEN

As this is sufficient to answer the question \(a + b + 3\) is ODD

Hence, Eq. (2) =====> is SUFFICIENT

Hence, Answer is D
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Given that a and b are both integers, so each of them must be either even or odd. a+b+3 will be odd when (a+b) is even.

Statement 1. product of a & b is odd, which is only possible when both a & b are odd. And if both a & b are odd, then (a+b) is even. So we know. Sufficient.

Statement 2. a-b is even, this will happen either when
both a & b are even, in which case (a+b) will also be even
or when both a & b are odd, in which case too (a+b) will be even.

a+b is even in any case, so we know. Sufficient.

Each statement alone is sufficient. Hence D answer

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Bunuel wrote:
If a and b are integers, is a + b + 3 an odd integer?

(1) ab is an odd integer.
(2) a − b is an even integer.


for a+b+3 to be odd a+b should be even

1) if ab is an odd integer then a and b are individually odd, so a+b= odd+odd=Even : sufficient .
2)a- b is an even integer, so a and b are both even or both odd. In either cases the sum a+b is even : sufficient.

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Bunuel wrote:
If a and b are integers, is a + b + 3 an odd integer?

(1) ab is an odd integer.
(2) a − b is an even integer.

We need to determine whether a + b + 3 is odd, or in other words, whether a + b is even.

Statement One Alone:

ab is an odd integer.

Because ab is odd, we know that a and b must both be odd, and since odd + odd = even, a + b is even. Statement one alone is sufficient to answer the question.

Statement Two Alone:

a - b is an even integer.

Since a - b is even, a + b is also even. Statement two alone is sufficient.

Answer: D
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