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Is |a| > |b|?

The question asks whether a is further from 0 than b.

(1) b < -a --> b + a < 0. The sum of two numbers is less than 0. This is clearly insufficient to say which one is further from 0. Not sufficient.

(2) a < 0. Also insufficient.

(1)+(2) The sum of a and b is less than 0 and a is negative. How can we say which one is further from 0? If a = -1 and b = -2, then b is further but if a = -2 and b = -1, then a is further. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.
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Question: Is |a| > |b|?
We need to find whether absolute value of a is more than absolute value of b.

Statement II is certainly not sufficient alone.

Statement I: b < -a
To analyse it, we need to consider two cases: 'a is positive' and 'a is negative'. Let's start with a is negative since that is stmnt II. If we see that it is not sufficient, we know that the answer would be (E).

If a is negative (say -5), -a is positive(say 5). We know that b is less than 5. b could be 2 or it could be -10. In one case, |b| is less than |a| and in the other, it is greater.

Hence, both statements together are not sufficient. Answer (E)
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Re: Is |a| > |b|? (1) b < -a (2) a < 0 [#permalink]

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Is |a| > |b|?

(1) b < -a
(2) a < 0


We need to determine whether |a| > |b|.

Statement One Alone:

b < -a

We can rearrange the inequality in statement one to read:

b + a < 0

We do not have enough information to determine whether |a| > |b|.

For instance, if a = -3 and b = 2, |a| IS greater than |b|. However, if a = -1 and b = -2, |a| IS NOT greater than |b|. Statement one alone is not sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choices A and D.

Statement Two Alone:

a < 0

Just knowing that a < 0 is not enough information to answer the question. Similar to statement one, if a = -3 and b = 2, |a| IS greater than |b|; however, if a = -1 and b = -2, |a| IS NOT greater than |b|. Statement two alone is not sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choice B.

Statements One and Two Together:

From statements one and two we know that b + a < 0 and a < 0. However, we still do not have enough information to determine whether |a| > |b|. As mentioned above, if a = -3 and b = 2, |a| IS greater than |b|; however, if a = -1 and b = -2, |a| IS NOT greater than |b|.

Answer: E
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Is |a| > |b|?

The question asks whether a is further from 0 than b.

(1) \(b < -a\) --> \(b + a < 0\). The sum of two numbers is less than 0. This is clearly insufficient to say which one is further from 0. Not sufficient.

(2) \(a < 0\). Also insufficient.

(1)+(2) The sum of a and b is less than 0 and a is negative. How can we say which one is further from 0? If \(a = -1\) and \(b = -2\), then b is further but if \(a = -2\) and \(b = -1\), then a is further. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.


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Bunuel wrote:
Is |a| > |b|?

The question asks whether a is further from 0 than b.

(1) b < -a --> b + a < 0. The sum of two numbers is less than 0. This is clearly insufficient to say which one is further from 0. Not sufficient.

(2) a < 0. Also insufficient.

(1)+(2) The sum of a and b is less than 0 and a is negative. How can we say which one is further from 0? If a = -1 and b = -2, then b is further but if a = -2 and b = -1, then a is further. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.


Bunuel, What does it means?



The absolute value of a number is the value of a number without regard to its sign.

For example, \(|3| = 3\); \(|-12| = 12\); \(|-1.3|=1.3\)...

Another way to understand absolute value is as the distance from zero. For example, \(|x|\) is the distance between x and 0 on a number line.

From that comes the most important property of an absolute value: since the distance cannot be negative, an absolute value expression is ALWAYS more than or equal to zero.

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Is |a| > |b|?

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(2) a < 0


We can rephrase this question as: "Is a farther away from zero than b, on the number-line?" We can solve this question by picking numbers:

Since Statement 2 is less complex than Statement 1, begin with Statement 2 and a BD/ACE grid.

(1) INSUFFICIENT: Picking values that meet the criteria b < -a demonstrates that this is not enough information to answer the question

(2) INSUFFICIENT:  We have no information about b.

(1) AND (2) INSUFFICIENT: Picking values that meet the criteria b < -a and a < 0 demonstrates that this is not enough information to answer the question.
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