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(a+2 + a+3) - (a + a+1)
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If a, b, c, and d are consecutive even integers and a < b < c < d, then a + b is how much less than c + d ?

A. 2
B. 4
C. 6
D. 8
E. 10


We can write the consecutive even integers in the form:
a=2n
b=2n+2
c=2n+4
d=2n+6 where n is a non-negative integer. \(n\geq{0}\)

Now a+b=4n+2 & c+d=4n+10

So, (c+d)-(a+b)=4n+10-(4n+2)=8

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Given:
    • a, b, c, and d are consecutive integers
    • a < b < c < d

To find:
    • Value of (c+d) – (a+b)

Approach and Working:
    • The four positive integers (a, b, c and d) can be represented as 2n, 2n+2, 2n+4, 2n+6 respectively (since a<b<c<d), where n is an integer
    • Value of (c+d) = (2n+4 + 2n+6) = 4n +10
    • Value of (a+b) = (2n + 2n+2) = 4n + 2
    • Thus, (c+d) –(a+b) = (4n+10) – (4n+2) = 8

Therefore, the value of (a+b) is 8 less than that of (c+d)

Hence, the correct answer is option D.

Answer: D
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Bunuel wrote:
If a, b, c, and d are consecutive even integers and a < b < c < d, then a + b is how much less than c + d ?

A. 2
B. 4
C. 6
D. 8
E. 10

\(a, b, c, d\)
\(2, 4, 6, 8\)
\((a+b)=(2+4)=6\)
\((c+d)=(6+8)=14\)
\((c+d)-(a+b)=(14-6)=8\)

The difference between and range of four consecutive integers will always be the same.

Test if in doubt with another number set:
\(6, 8, 10, 12\)
\((22 - 14) = 8\)

Answer D
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Bunuel wrote:
If a, b, c, and d are consecutive even integers and a < b < c < d, then a + b is how much less than c + d ?

A. 2
B. 4
C. 6
D. 8
E. 10


We can let a, b, c, and d equal 2, 4, 6, and 8 respectively.

a + b = 2 + 4 = 6

c + d = 6 + 8 = 14

Thus, a + b is 14 - 6 = 8 less than c + d.

Answer: D
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I use the substitution method in such a question:So use whatever consecutive even numbers that come to your mind.
For eg.2,4,6,8
By simple math in the mind,we get (6+8)-(2+4)=8,which is the answer.
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