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### HideShow timer Statistics When positive integer $$m$$ is divided by positive integer $$x$$, the reminder is 7 and when positive integer $$n$$ is divided by positive integer $$y$$, the reminder is 11. Which of the following is a possible value for $$x + y$$?

I. 18

II. 19

III. 20

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. None

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When positive integer $$m$$ is divided by positive integer $$x$$, the reminder is 7 and when positive integer $$n$$ is divided by positive integer $$y$$, the reminder is 11. Which of the following is a possible value for $$x + y$$?

I. 18

II. 19

III. 20

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. None

The remainder is ALWAYS less than the divisor, thus $$x > 7$$ and $$y > 11$$. Therefore the least values of $$x$$ and $$y$$ are 8 and 12, respectively, making the least value of $$x + y$$ equal to 20.

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Hi! If x>7 and y>11, isn't it possible to say that x+y>18? Then, the answer could also be 19.
I understand that if we consider each equation separately, the answer has to be 20, but I wanted to check if we're allowed to combine the equations to get "19".
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nelliegu wrote:
Hi! If x>7 and y>11, isn't it possible to say that x+y>18? Then, the answer could also be 19.
I understand that if we consider each equation separately, the answer has to be 20, but I wanted to check if we're allowed to combine the equations to get "19".

The point is, we are told that x and y are positive integers. For positive integers x and y, where x > 7 and y > 11, it's not possible that x + y = 19.
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If it would not have mentioned that its an integer then ??
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m = xa+7 and x>7
n = yb + 11 and y>11
Eliminate I. and II.

Ex. for III.
m=15; a=1; x=8
n=23; b=1; y=12
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I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation. Re M31-27   [#permalink] 03 Jul 2019, 00:28
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