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If Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, how much did Pat earn last month?

(1) Pat spent 1/2 of his earnings last month for living expenses and saved 1/3 of the remainder. (2) Of his earnings last month, Pat paid twice as much in taxes as he saved.

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If Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, how much did Pat earn last month?

Let E be Pat's earnings last month.

(1) Pat spent 1/2 of his earnings last month for living expenses and saved 1/3 of the remainder. Pat spent \(\frac{E}{2}\), so \(E-\frac{E}{2}=\frac{E}{2}\) remained. We are told that 1/3 of that amount, or \(\frac{E}{6}\), was saved. Since we know that Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then we have that \(\frac{E}{6}=600\) --> \(E=3,600\). Sufficient.

(2) Of his earnings last month, Pat paid twice as much in taxes as he saved. Since Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then he paid 2*$600=$1,200 in taxes. But this info is not sufficient to determine Pat's earnings last month.

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The question asks us to find the Pat's earnings. Let us assume the Variable E for his earnings.

Statement (1): From the Information given we can set up the equation: (1/3) (E*(1/2))= 600. E can be calculated (E= 3600). -> SUFFICIENT

Statement (2): This statement only tells us that the amount of tax he payed was twice the amount of money he saved. This information does not help us calculate Pat's earnings.-> NOT SUFFICIENT

If Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, how much did Pat earn last month?

Let E be Pat's earnings last month.

(1) Pat spent 1/2 of his earnings last month for living expenses and saved 1/3 of the remainder. Pat spent \(\frac{E}{2}\), so \(E-\frac{E}{2}=\frac{E}{2}\) remained. We are told that 1/3 of that amount, or \(\frac{E}{6}\), was saved. Since we know that Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then we have that \(\frac{E}{6}=600\) --> \(E=3,600\). Sufficient.

(2) Of his earnings last month, Pat paid twice as much in taxes as he saved. Since Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then he paid 2*$600=$1,200 in taxes. But this info is not sufficient to determine Pat's earnings last month.

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05 Oct 2012, 04:20

Hi Bunuel,

I was just researching on this question and got your explanation. I got why (A) is correct. But I didn't understand B. I thought (B) was also the correct answer, so eventually i selected D, which was incorrect.

So, here's my reasoning for (B). I want to know where i am going wrong.

Pat saved $600, and paid $1200 for taxes. If Earnings= Taxes + Savings, then Earnings= $1800.

Were there any expenses that i could have assumed in (B) ? Because in (A), the explanation says there were expenses, so (A) is clear.

I was just researching on this question and got your explanation. I got why (A) is correct. But I didn't understand B. I thought (B) was also the correct answer, so eventually i selected D, which was incorrect.

So, here's my reasoning for (B). I want to know where i am going wrong.

Pat saved $600, and paid $1200 for taxes. If Earnings= Taxes + Savings, then Earnings= $1800.

Were there any expenses that i could have assumed in (B) ? Because in (A), the explanation says there were expenses, so (A) is clear.

Thanks & Regards Vinni

(2) is not sufficient because we don't know how much of his earnings last month Pat spent for living expenses.
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05 Oct 2012, 06:21

Bunuel, I got your point. But one more question. As it is a DS question, we are not given anything about expenses in B. So, why there is a need to assume living expenses.

Bunuel, I got your point. But one more question. As it is a DS question, we are not given anything about expenses in B. So, why there is a need to assume living expenses.

Looking forward to your reply.

Regards Vinni

It's the other way around: if you are saying that (2) is sufficient, then you are assuming that there are no living expenses at all. Plus, assuming that is against common sense and the first statement.
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05 Oct 2012, 06:47

Bunuel wrote:

It's the other way around: if you are saying that (2) is sufficient, then you are assuming that there are no living expenses at all. Plus, assuming that is against common sense and the first statement.

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30 Oct 2013, 19:59

Bunuel wrote:

SOLUTION

If Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, how much did Pat earn last month?

Let E be Pat's earnings last month.

(1) Pat spent 1/2 of his earnings last month for living expenses and saved 1/3 of the remainder. Pat spent \(\frac{E}{2}\), so \(E-\frac{E}{2}=\frac{E}{2}\) remained. We are told that 1/3 of that amount, or \(\frac{E}{6}\), was saved. Since we know that Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then we have that \(\frac{E}{6}=600\) --> \(E=3,600\). Sufficient.

(2) Of his earnings last month, Pat paid twice as much in taxes as he saved. Since Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then he paid 2*$600=$1,200 in taxes. But this info is not sufficient to determine Pat's earnings last month.

Answer: A.

Why are we assuming that their are no other expenses per month than living expenses?

I got E simple because i told myself the following: Expenses (per month) = Living Expenses + Utility + mortgage + Car Lease...etc 1) only gave us the living expenses (i.e.: food and beverages???)

If Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, how much did Pat earn last month?

Let E be Pat's earnings last month.

(1) Pat spent 1/2 of his earnings last month for living expenses and saved 1/3 of the remainder. Pat spent \(\frac{E}{2}\), so \(E-\frac{E}{2}=\frac{E}{2}\) remained. We are told that 1/3 of that amount, or \(\frac{E}{6}\), was saved. Since we know that Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then we have that \(\frac{E}{6}=600\) --> \(E=3,600\). Sufficient.

(2) Of his earnings last month, Pat paid twice as much in taxes as he saved. Since Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, then he paid 2*$600=$1,200 in taxes. But this info is not sufficient to determine Pat's earnings last month.

Answer: A.

Why are we assuming that their are no other expenses per month than living expenses?

I got E simple because i told myself the following: Expenses (per month) = Living Expenses + Utility + mortgage + Car Lease...etc 1) only gave us the living expenses (i.e.: food and beverages???)

Am I over assuming things?

We are not assuming that. Stem says that Pat saved $600. Next, (1) says that Pat spent half of his earnings on something and saved 1/3 of the remainder (so Pat saved 1/3 of the remaining half of his earnings). This implies that 1/3*(earnings/2)=600 --> earnings=3,600.

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18 May 2014, 10:54

(1) Savings = 1/3*(1-1/2)*Earnings = 600: Sufficient -> We can solve for earnings

(2) Taxes = 2*Savings = 2*600 = 1200. We are not told how taxes or savings relate to earnings: Insufficient -> There's no way to solve for earnings without a relationship.

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03 Jun 2015, 03:25

very easy one 1/3 of 1/2 = 1/6x = 600 x = 3600 A is sufficient B only tells that taxes = 1200 but gives no clue about earnings so A it is
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I am sorry to "reactivate" this old post, but I believe I am assuming things and I really shouldn't be:

On Statement 2: I assumed that Taxes (T) were his total expenses, so out of his Earnings (E), he would have Saved (S) $ 600. Since the T = 2S = 2.$600 = $ 1,200, with that in mind E - T = S, then E = S + T, then E = $600 + $ 1,200 = $ 1,800.

I believe I should NOT assume that Taxes are his total Expenses on Statement 2 since, it does not mention that ?

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cfpenteado wrote:

I am sorry to "reactivate" this old post, but I believe I am assuming things and I really shouldn't be:

On Statement 2: I assumed that Taxes (T) were his total expenses, so out of his Earnings (E), he would have Saved (S) $ 600. Since the T = 2S = 2.$600 = $ 1,200, with that in mind E - T = S, then E = S + T, then E = $600 + $ 1,200 = $ 1,800.

I believe I should NOT assume that Taxes are his total Expenses on Statement 2 since, it does not mention that ?

Yes, exactly . Statement 2 does not provide you any information about living exp or any other expenses apart from the taxes. Statement 1 is straightforward as we dont have to worry about the actual division of his "expenditures".

If Pat saved $600 of his earnings last month, how much did Pat earn last month?

(1) Pat spent 1/2 of his earnings last month for living expenses and saved 1/3 of the remainder. (2) Of his earnings last month, Pat paid twice as much in taxes as he saved.

We are given that Pat saved $600 worth of his earnings, and we need to determine how much he earned last month.

Statement One Alone:

Pat spent 1/2 of his earnings last month for living expenses and saved 1/3 of the remainder.

From the information in statement one, we can set up some variables and equations.

We are given that Pat spent ½ of his earnings last month for living expenses. So if we let L = living expenses, and E = total money earned last month, we can say:

½(E) = L

We are also given that Pat saved 1/3 of the remainder. Since we see that ½(E) went towards the living expenses, the remainder of that is E – ½(E) = ½(E). Remember, too, that we were initially told that Pat saved $600. Thus, we can say:

1/3[1/2(E)] = 600

1/6(E) = 600

E = 3,600

We see that Pat earned $3,600. Statement one is sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choices B, C, and E.

Statement Two Alone:

Of his earnings last month, Pat paid twice as much in taxes as he saved.

From statement two we can set up an equation in which T = taxes paid by Pat last month.

T = 2(600)

T = 1,200

Although we know how much Pat paid in taxes last month, we do not know how much Pat earned. Statement two is not sufficient to answer the question.

Answer: A
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