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Question: is \(x\) more than or equal to \(y\) (is \(x\geq{y}\))?

(1) \(\frac{px}{qy}=\frac{p}{q}\) --> reduce by \(\frac{p}{q}\) --> \(\frac{x}{y}=1\) --> \(x=y\), so we can answer yes to the question: \(x\) is equal to \(y\). Sufficient.

(2) \(xy=p\) --> Clearly not sufficient (if \(x\), \(y\) and \(p\) equal to 1, 2, and 2 respectively then the answer is NO but if they equal to 2, 1 and 2 then the answer is YES).

Re: If x, y, p, and q are positive, is x>=y ? [#permalink]

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01 Oct 2016, 19:17

However in the first statement it is not greater than y as in the condition x> y is not fulfilled. How can we still go ahead and mark A as the correct answer.

Kinda confusing.

Can we use this logic for any similar question we encounter in the exam?

However in the first statement it is not greater than y as in the condition x> y is not fulfilled. How can we still go ahead and mark A as the correct answer.

Kinda confusing.

Can we use this logic for any similar question we encounter in the exam?

The question asks whether \(x\geq{y}\). (1) says that x = y, so the answer to the question is YES.
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