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# Is y = 0 or y > 0 ?

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Is y = 0 or y > 0 ?

(1) x + y ≥ 5
(2) x – y ≤ 5
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21 Apr 2018, 16:06
I and II alone are not sufficient.

Multiply second equation by negative sign so that both equations have same inequality sign.

It comes out y=zero

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21 Apr 2018, 20:22
What about x=5 , y=1 satisfies both equations

Should be E

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21 Apr 2018, 20:42
jubinder wrote:
What about x=5 , y=1 satisfies both equations

Should be E

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Yes, it will satisfy and as per your example you are getting $$y>0$$ and this is what the question is asking

Statement 1: $$x + y ≥ 5$$, two variable, one inequality, hence values cannot be calculated. Insufficient

Statement 2: $$x – y ≤ 5$$, again two variables, one inequality, hence values cannot be calculated. Insufficient

Combining 1 & 2: Multiply equation (2) by $$-1$$ to get $$-x + y ≥ -5$$. Now Add the two equations to get

$$2y≥0=>y≥0$$. Hence Sufficient.

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21 Apr 2018, 20:45
Whether y=0 OR y>0?

Since y can be both y =0 or y>0 we cannot tell
So marked E pls clarify

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21 Apr 2018, 20:54
jubinder wrote:
Whether y=0 OR y>0?

Since y can be both y =0 or y>0 we cannot tell
So marked E pls clarify

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Hi jubinder

Is $$y=0$$ or $$y>0$$. Note this is "Is" type question that is you need a Definite "yes" or "no". If you are getting "may be yes" or "may be no". Then the statements are Insufficient

In this case if y=0, we have a "Yes" and/or if y>0, then also we have a "Yes". Hence on combining both the statements you get y=0 or y>0 where in either case you will get a Definite "Yes"
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