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# If the product xy is negative, which of the following must be true?

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If the product xy is negative, which of the following must be true?

A. x < 0
B. y < 0
C. x/y > 0
D. x/y < 0
E. x + y < 0

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06 Nov 2018, 00:41
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Bunuel wrote:
If the product xy is negative, which of the following must be true?

A. x < 0
B. y < 0
C. x/y > 0
D. x/y < 0
E. x + y < 0

xy<0.

It means either x or y is negative. we are not sure which one is negative.

Option C) x/y <0. All time.

One of them is negative . thus ultimate result is negative.

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22 Nov 2019, 23:22
XY<0 => Either one of X or Y is negative. In such a case X/Y is always negative.

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