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# Is this question not specific enough or am I misunderstanding it?

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Is this question not specific enough or am I misunderstanding it?  [#permalink]

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Hello guys! Thanks for your continuous help

On the sentence #1: "(1) The integer (M - N) has 12 unique factors.", shouldn't the question specify that they are referring only to positive factors?

I was trying to solve the wrong question by also considering negative factors. m I right about that?

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Re: Is this question not specific enough or am I misunderstanding it?  [#permalink]

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14 Dec 2019, 18:20
sweetlyimproved wrote:
Hello guys! Thanks for your continuous help

On the sentence #1: "(1) The integer (M - N) has 12 unique factors.", shouldn't the question specify that they are referring only to positive factors?

I was trying to solve the wrong question by also considering negative factors. m I right about that?

Thanks

https://gmatclub.com/forum/can-distinct-factors-of-a-positive-integer-be-negative-271724.html

In short, the GMAT™ is concerned with positive factors unless the problem were to specifically state that you needed to consider negative factors. Happy reading, and good luck with your studies.

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Re: Is this question not specific enough or am I misunderstanding it?  [#permalink]

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14 Dec 2019, 18:25
sweetlyimproved wrote:
Hello guys! Thanks for your continuous help

On the sentence #1: "(1) The integer (M - N) has 12 unique factors.", shouldn't the question specify that they are referring only to positive factors?

I was trying to solve the wrong question by also considering negative factors. m I right about that?

Thanks

Hello sweetlyimproved

Welcome to the club!

You could have posted the query on the same question/link that you posted here. You did not need to create a new thread for this one!

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Re: Is this question not specific enough or am I misunderstanding it?   [#permalink] 14 Dec 2019, 18:25
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