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# Is x > y? (1) x = y + 2 (2) x/2 = y -1

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Is x > y?

(1) x = y + 2
(2) x/2 = y -1

This is easy, but I want to know if you have a method to assign values in the case of clue #2. I want to answer this type of questions as fast as I can. Thanks!

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Re: Is x > y? (1) x = y + 2 (2) x/2 = y -1  [#permalink]

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01 Sep 2010, 18:35
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metallicafan wrote:
This is easy, but I want to know if you have a method to assign values in the case of clue #2. I want to answer this type of questions as fast as I can. Thanks!

Is x>y?

(1) x = y + 2
(2) x/2 = y -1

Is $$x>y$$?

(1) $$x=y+2$$ --> if you just read what is written you'll get "$$x$$ is 2 more than $$y$$", so $$x$$ is more than $$y$$. Sufficient.

Or you can substitute $$x$$ in the question: is $$x>y$$? --> question becomes: is $$y+2>y$$? is $$2>0$$? YES, 2 is more than 0. So the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{x}{2}=y-1$$ --> $$x=2y-2$$ --> substitute $$x$$ in the question: is $$x>y$$? --> question becomes: is $$2y-2>y$$? is $$y>2$$? We don't know that, hence this statement is not sufficient.

As for number plugging:
On DS questions when plugging numbers, goal is to prove that the statement is not sufficient. So we should try to get a YES answer with one chosen number(s) and a NO with another.

Try $$x=0$$ then $$y=1$$ and the answer to the question is NO;
Increase $$x$$: try $$x=10$$ then $$y=6$$ and the answer to the question is YES.

Two different answer, hence not sufficient.

Hope it helps.
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Re: Is x > y? (1) x = y + 2 (2) x/2 = y -1  [#permalink]

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01 Sep 2010, 18:42
Bunuel wrote:
metallicafan wrote:
This is easy, but I want to know if you have a method to assign values in the case of clue #2. I want to answer this type of questions as fast as I can. Thanks!

Is x>y?

(1) x = y + 2
(2) x/2 = y -1

Is $$x>y$$?

(1) $$x=y+2$$ --> if you just read what is written you'll get "$$x$$ is 2 more than $$y$$", so $$x$$ is more than $$y$$. Sufficient.

Or you can substitute $$x$$ in the question: is $$x>y$$? --> question becomes: is $$y+2>y$$? is $$2>0$$? YES, 2 is more than 0. So the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{x}{2}=y-1$$ --> $$x=2y-2$$ --> substitute $$x$$ in the question: is $$x>y$$? --> question becomes: is $$2y-2>y$$? is $$y>2$$? We don't know that, hence this statement is not sufficient.

As for number plugging:
On DS questions when plugging numbers, goal is to prove that the statement is not sufficient. So we should try to get a YES answer with one chosen number(s) and a NO with another.

Try $$x=0$$ then $$y=1$$ and the answer to the question is NO;
Increase $$x$$: try $$x=10$$ then $$y=6$$ and the answer to the question is YES.

Two different answer, hence not sufficient.

Hope it helps.

Thanks Bunuel!, you are the real Master!
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