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If x and n are integers, is the sum of x and n less than zero?

Question: is x+n<0?

(1) x + 3 < n – 1 --> x-n<-4. Plugging numbers is probably the best way to prove that this statement is not sufficient: x=0 and n=5 then the answer is NO but if x=-5 and n=0 then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) -10x > 10n --> 10x+10n<0 --> reduce by 10: x+n<0, hence the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

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13 Mar 2016, 09:11

Clearly statement 1 is sufficient As far as statement 1 goes => there is no way we can convert a - relation to a + one.. Hence B is sufficient
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21 May 2017, 19:44

dvinoth86 wrote:

If x and n are integers, is the sum of x and n less than zero?

(1) x + 3 < n – 1 (2) -10x > 10n

Statement 1: We know here that x+3 < n-1. Via algebra, we can determine that x-n < -4. But we don't know if x+n is greater than or less than zero (or equal to zero).

X = 10 N = 14

X+N > 0

X-N = -4

Or x = -4 n = 0

X+N < 0 X-N = -4

Statement 2: Here we know that -2x > 2n. The secret hidden trick here is to add one term to the other side. So we can quickly find that -x>n and then 0>n+x. The problem tried to hide it from us by making us first divide out the two and leading us to making a ratio. But addition is the ultimate step.

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21 May 2017, 20:00

Bunuel wrote:

If x and n are integers, is the sum of x and n less than zero?

Question: is x+n<0?

(1) x + 3 < n – 1 --> x-n<-4. Plugging numbers is probably the best way to prove that this statement is not sufficient: x=0 and n=5 then the answer is NO but if x=-5 and n=0 then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) -10x > 10n --> 10x+10n<0 --> reduce by 10: x+n<0, hence the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Why B alone is sufficient? Because if x and n are zero than it is equal to zero which is not less than zero. So B alone is not sufficient.

If we combine both than two statements contradict each other.

If x and n are integers, is the sum of x and n less than zero?

Question: is x+n<0?

(1) x + 3 < n – 1 --> x-n<-4. Plugging numbers is probably the best way to prove that this statement is not sufficient: x=0 and n=5 then the answer is NO but if x=-5 and n=0 then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) -10x > 10n --> 10x+10n<0 --> reduce by 10: x+n<0, hence the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Why B alone is sufficient? Because if x and n are zero than it is equal to zero which is not less than zero. So B alone is not sufficient.

If we combine both than two statements contradict each other.

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21 May 2017, 20:08

Bunuel wrote:

goalMBA1990 wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

If x and n are integers, is the sum of x and n less than zero?

Question: is x+n<0?

(1) x + 3 < n – 1 --> x-n<-4. Plugging numbers is probably the best way to prove that this statement is not sufficient: x=0 and n=5 then the answer is NO but if x=-5 and n=0 then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) -10x > 10n --> 10x+10n<0 --> reduce by 10: x+n<0, hence the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Why B alone is sufficient? Because if x and n are zero than it is equal to zero which is not less than zero. So B alone is not sufficient.

If we combine both than two statements contradict each other.