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Both statements are saying the exact same thing: \(|a|+|b|=0\), this to be true, both \(a\) and \(b\) must equal to zero.

Why is that? Absolute value is always non-negative - \(|\text{some expression}| \geq 0\), which means that absolute value is either zero or positive. We have that the sum of two absolute values, or the sum of two non-negative values equals to zero: \(\text{non-negative} + \text{non-negative} = 0\), obviously both must be zero this equation to hold true.


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Both statements are saying the exact same thing: \(|a|+|b|=0\), this to be true, both \(a\) and \(b\) must equal to zero.

Why is that? Absolute value is always non-negative - \(|\text{some expression}| \geq 0\), which means that absolute value is either zero or positive. We have that the sum of two absolute values, or the sum of two non-negative values equals to zero: \(\text{non-negative} + \text{non-negative} = 0\), obviously both must be zero this equation to hold true.


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In other words, is this the logic? Re-arrange the statements to be:

(1) |a| + |b| = 0

(2) |b| + |a| = 0

If you add two positive values and they equal zero, then both values have to be zero
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Bunuel wrote:
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Both statements are saying the exact same thing: \(|a|+|b|=0\), this to be true, both \(a\) and \(b\) must equal to zero.

Why is that? Absolute value is always non-negative - \(|\text{some expression}| \geq 0\), which means that absolute value is either zero or positive. We have that the sum of two absolute values, or the sum of two non-negative values equals to zero: \(\text{non-negative} + \text{non-negative} = 0\), obviously both must be zero this equation to hold true.


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In other words, is this the logic? Re-arrange the statements to be:

(1) |a| + |b| = 0

(2) |b| + |a| = 0

If you add two positive values and they equal zero, then both values have to be zero


Two non-negative values. The sum of positive numbers cannot be 0.
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I understand the arrangement of the equation made above but I was considering the following:
(1) if a>0, a=-b; -b+b=0
BUT if a<0, -a=-b; a=b; and then the sum is a+a=2a (or b+b=2b)
in this case the answer would be not sufficient. Where is the mistake here?
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I understand the arrangement of the equation made above but I was considering the following:
(1) if a>0, a=-b; -b+b=0
BUT if a<0, -a=-b; a=b; and then the sum is a+a=2a (or b+b=2b)
in this case the answer would be not sufficient. Where is the mistake here?
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If a > 0 and b > 0, then |a| = -|b| transforms to a = -b --> a + b = 0. This case is not possible: the sum of two positive values cannot be 0.
If a > 0 and b < 0, then |a| = -|b| transforms to a = -(-b) --> a = b. This case is not possible: positive a (a > 0) cannot equal to negative b (b < 0).
If a < 0 and b < 0, then |a| = -|b| transforms to -a = -(-b) --> a + b = 0. This case is not possible: the sum of two negative values cannot be 0.
If a < 0 and b > 0, then |a| = -|b| transforms to -a = -b --> a = b. This case is not possible: negative a (a < 0) cannot equal to positive b (b > 0).

The only case left is a = b = 0.
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But we are told to find sum of a and b not sum of mod a and mod b..
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Bunuel wrote:
hellogmat123999 wrote:
But we are told to find sum of a and b not sum of mod a and mod b..


From both statements we got that a = b = 0, thus a + b = 0.


But how do we know a or b aren't anything other than 0? How do we not know a and b can't both equal 1 or 2 or any other integer? Is 0 the only number where two different values (a and b) can be the same? I ask because when two letters are used, it typically implies different values, but I genuinely could have just not known any two differently-labeled values could equal zero.
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Bunuel wrote:
hellogmat123999 wrote:
But we are told to find sum of a and b not sum of mod a and mod b..


From both statements we got that a = b = 0, thus a + b = 0.


But how do we know a or b aren't anything other than 0? How do we not know a and b can't both equal 1 or 2 or any other integer? Is 0 the only number where two different values (a and b) can be the same? I ask because when two letters are used, it typically implies different values, but I genuinely could have just not known any two differently-labeled values could equal zero.


This is explained here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/m28-184502.html#p1415666

As for your doubt: unless it is explicitly stated otherwise, different variables CAN represent the same number.
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