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If n is an integer, is n even? (1) n^2-1 is an odd integer

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If n is an integer, is n even?

(1) \(n^2-1\) is an odd integer
(2) \(3n+4\) is an even integer

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(1) n^2-1=odd

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n^2=odd+1=even
n*n=even
thus, n is even ------------OK

(2) 3n+4=even
3n=even - 4=even
3n=even
Thus, n has to be even, since 3 is odd. OK

Finally, it is D.

Remember: ZERO is EVEN but neither positive nor negative.
So, if you take n=0 for (2) set, you will get 4 that is even.
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If n is an integer is n even?

1) n^2-1 is an odd integer
2) 3n+4 is an even integer

According to GMAT answer it is D but I disagree and have to say it is E because n can be 0 which is not an even number while satisfying both requirement.

Any thoughts?


Hello Ekin, welcome to the Gmat Club.

First of all I must say that zero IS an even integer, though it's neither positive nor negative.

Even number (even integer) \(n\) is of the form \(n=2k\), where \(k\) is an integer, so for \(k=0\), \(n=2*0=0\).

As for the question:

(1) \(n^2-1=(n-1)(n+1)=odd\) --> both \(n-1\) and \(n+1\) must be odd to produce an odd integer when multiplied, hence \(n\) is be even. Sufficient.

(2) \(3n+4=even\) --> \(3n\) must be even --> \(n\) must even. Sufficient.

Answer: D.

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Thanks for clearing that up.
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Ekin4112 wrote:
If n is an integer is n even?

1) n^2-1 is an odd integer
2) 3n+4 is an even integer

According to GMAT answer it is D but I disagree and have to say it is E because n can be 0 which is not an even number while satisfying both requirement.

Any thoughts?


Its D, as said by Bunuel zero is even integer.
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If n is an integer, is n even?
(1) (n^2) - 1 is an odd integer.
(2) 3n + 4 is an even integer.

I personally think it is E, because putting n as 0, both the condition are insufficient. But the OA does not include 0 as one of the conditions to check.

Please explain or am I missing something here?

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IMO A.

Why n=0 is not a valid condition?

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If n is an integer, is n even?
(1) (n^2) - 1 is an odd integer.
(2) 3n + 4 is an even integer.

I personally think it is E, because putting n as 0, both the condition are insufficient. But the OA does not include 0 as one of the conditions to check.

Please explain or am I missing something here?

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I think you are forgetting that 0 is even.
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if n=3( an integer)
n^2-1=3^2-1=8 is not odd integer
3n+4=3*3+4=13 is not even integer.

Both these conditions are insufficient.
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IN DS, the two given statement are correct. If you are checking for their correctness then it is wrong.

Here, both statements are true and you need to consider that for which values these 2 statements meeting the criteria.

Let me know if you have some questions.


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if n=3( an integer)
n^2-1=3^2-1=8 is not odd integer
3n+4=3*3+4=13 is not even integer.

Both these conditions are insufficient.

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Hi,

The question clearly states that n is an integer, so n can be 0 and I agree that for n= 0 both the statements hold true, but since 0 is neither negative nor positive, I think the answer should be E, not D
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New post 11 Jun 2010, 03:10
The question isn't asking about negative or positive.
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Sorry missed it, is O even or odd? I believe it is neither, and its a debatable topic. But how should we answer these kinda questions.
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Also what does GMAC consider's 0 as - Even or Odd or Both or Neither?
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Acoording to GMAT 0 is even but it is neither positive nor negative

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If n is an integer, is n even?

(1) \(n^2-1\) is an odd integer
(2) \(3n+4\) is an even integer


We need to determine whether integer n is even.

Statement One Alone:

n^2 - 1 is an odd integer.

Since n^2 - 1 is an odd integer, we know that n^2 must be even and thus n must be even.

Statement one is sufficient to answer the question.

Statement Two Alone:

3n + 4 is an even integer.

Since 3n + even = even integer, we know that 3n must be even, and since 3 is odd, n must be even. Statement two is sufficient to answer the question.

Answer: D
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