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If x and y are both positive integers, what is their greatest common

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New post 11 Oct 2016, 04:02
Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are both positive integers, what is their greatest common factor?

(1) x and y are prime numbers.

(2) x and y share only one common divisor.


To find the GCD, we need to prime factorization.

Stat 1: Clearly insufficient...as we don't have x and y values...only they are prime...

Stat 2: Sufficient...

Note : Every common divisor of a and b is a divisor of GCD (a, b)....in our case common division of x and y is a divisor of GCD(x,y)..

IMO option B.
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Stat 1 : any two prime nos share only one common divisor ,that is 1 sufficient

stat2 : every number has 1 as common divisor, since the statement says, one common divisor, GCD is 1
sufficient

IMO D
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Stat 1 : any two prime nos share only one common divisor ,that is 1 sufficient

stat2 : every number has 1 as common divisor, since the statement says, one common divisor, GCD is 1
sufficient

IMO D


Your stat 1 is incorrect.

If you take x and y are 2 and 3 respectively...then GCD is 1

if x and y are both 3 and 3...then GCD is 3.... It is not mentioned that x and y are not equal...

Hope this clears..
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If x and y are both positive integers, what is their greatest common factor?

(1) x and y are prime numbers.

(2) x and y share only one common divisor.


My answer is (d), both statements are sufficient, because 2 prime numbers will have one common divisor that is 1.
The second statement also means 1 is a common advisor, so both are sufficient.
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Even I thought the answer is D.

But, the only reason I can think of D not being the correct answer choice, is no where in the question it being mentioned that they are "Distinct" +ve integers.

Any one who can clarify?
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mohshu wrote:
Stat 1 : any two prime nos share only one common divisor ,that is 1 sufficient

stat2 : every number has 1 as common divisor, since the statement says, one common divisor, GCD is 1
sufficient

IMO D


Your stat 1 is incorrect.

If you take x and y are 2 and 3 respectively...then GCD is 1

if x and y are both 3 and 3...then GCD is 3.... It is not mentioned that x and y are not equal...

Hope this clears..
Aah you are absolutely correct. Answer will be B then


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Even I thought the answer is D.

But, the only reason I can think of D not being the correct answer choice, is no where in the question it being mentioned that they are "Distinct" +ve integers.

Any one who can clarify?


You are correct mohit_w.
Unless its not mentioned , we cannot assume .
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msk0657 wrote:
mohshu wrote:
Stat 1 : any two prime nos share only one common divisor ,that is 1 sufficient

stat2 : every number has 1 as common divisor, since the statement says, one common divisor, GCD is 1
sufficient

IMO D


Your stat 1 is incorrect.

If you take x and y are 2 and 3 respectively...then GCD is 1

if x and y are both 3 and 3...then GCD is 3.... It is not mentioned that x and y are not equal...

Hope this clears..


good example of why you shouldn't make additional assumptions when you are not required to!!!
I definitely fell for D, but now I see why B is the correct answer!
We were NEVER told that x and y are distinct integers!
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