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In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish, and 10 are taking neither French nor Spanish. How many students are taking both French and Spanish?

A. 4
B. 8
C. 12
D. 14
E. 16

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In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish  [#permalink]

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In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish, and 10 are taking neither French nor Spanish. How many students are taking both French and Spanish?

A. 4
B. 8
C. 12
D. 14
E. 16


Let's use the Double Matrix Method. This technique can be used for most questions featuring a population in which each member has two characteristics associated with it.
Here, we have a population of students, and the two characteristics are:
- taking French or not taking French
- taking Spanish or not taking Spanish

From our given information, we can set up our matrix as follows:
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Since there are 50 students altogether, we know that, if 31 are taking French then 19 are NOT taking French
And, if 17 are taking Spanish then 33 are NOT taking Spanish
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When we fill in the rest of the matrix we get:
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So, there are 8 students taking BOTH French and Spanish

Answer: B

This question type is VERY COMMON on the GMAT, so be sure to master the technique.

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Re: In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish  [#permalink]

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F+S - F&S + None = 50

F + S - F&S = 40
F&S = 31+17-40 = 8
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Re: In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish  [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:
In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish, and 10 are taking neither French nor Spanish. How many students are taking both French and Spanish?

A. 4
B. 8
C. 12
D. 14
E. 16



Total : 50

Neither = 10

Students taking either france or spanish = 40.

Total = france + spanish - both + neither

50 = 31 + 17 - both + 10

Both = 58 - 50

Both = 8.

The best answer is B.
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Re: In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish  [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:
In a group of 50 students, 31 are taking French, 17 are taking Spanish, and 10 are taking neither French nor Spanish. How many students are taking both French and Spanish?

A. 4
B. 8
C. 12
D. 14
E. 16


We can use the equation:

Total = French + Spanish - both + neither

50 = 31 + 17 - both + 10

50 = 58 - both

Both = 8

Answer: B
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