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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.

Answer: B.
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Using statement 1, x < n-4. x+n can thus be <0 if x and n are both <0 or it can be >0 if x and n are both >0. Insufficient.

Using statement 2, -2x>2n
=> x<-n
=> x+n<0. Sufficient.

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

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(2) -10x > 10n



Statement 1 can be rejected here as there is no way we can get a +ve relation from a -ve one..
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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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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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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.

So answer should be E.

Please correct me where ever I am wrong.

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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.

So answer should be E.

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(2) gives x+n<0. So, both x and n cannot be 0, otherwise x+n<0 won't be correct.
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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.

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.

So answer should be E.

Please correct me where ever I am wrong.

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(2) gives x+n<0. So, both x and n cannot be 0, otherwise x+n<0 won't be correct.

Understood. Thank you very much for explanation.

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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


Answer is B :

From statement 2, it is clear that n+x<0
From statement 1: x=5 8<n-1; if x=0 0<n-1; if x=-5 -5<n-1 So, not sufficient

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