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In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'READING' be a

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Q. In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'READING' be arranged to form new words such that A comes before E and E before I?

    A. 120
    B. 840
    C. 1680
    D. 2520
    E. 5040


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New post 20 Mar 2017, 09:43
IMO Ans = 120.
READING = 7 LETTERS, if we remove AEI, there are only 4 letters remaining.
1 AEI _ _ _ _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
2 _ AEI _ _ _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
3. _ _ AEI _ _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
4. _ _ _ AEI _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
5. _ _ _ _AEI (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)

Total no. ways of doing the required task = 5 X4p4 = 5 X 4! = 5! = 120.

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We consider AEI 1 unit because they will always be together
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gvvsnraju@1 wrote:
IMO Ans = 120.
READING = 7 LETTERS, if we remove AEI, there are only 4 letters remaining.
1 AEI _ _ _ _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
2 _ AEI _ _ _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
3. _ _ AEI _ _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
4. _ _ _ AEI _ (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)
5. _ _ _ _AEI (No . of ways of arranging 4 letters in 4 spaces = 4p4)

Total no. ways of doing the required task = 5 X4p4 = 5 X 4! = 5! = 120.

Please let me know whether i am correct or not.

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Hi Raju ,

You found the ways while considering no other Letters are in between AEI, however question is just asking to find out the ways such that letter A comes before E and E before I
So resulting words can be formed such as
ARENIDG ARGENID RAEINGD (few examples)

That's why the QA - B (840 ways calculated as 7!/3! ) considering all possible situations in which A comes before E and E comes before I.

Hope this makes question more clear.




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Q. In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'READING' be arranged to form new words such that A comes before E and E before I?

    A. 120
    B. 840
    C. 1680
    D. 2520
    E. 5040


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no. of ways in which 7 letters can be arranged = 7!
no. of ways in which those 3 letters can be arranged = 3!

since these 3 letters will always have only one arrange ment
therefore total ways = 7!/3! = 840

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