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# Merco has been in business longer than Nolen. Inc, Olean

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Updated on: 15 Oct 2017, 10:41
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Merco has been in business longer than Nolen. Inc, Olean Industries was founded years before the Potter Company, and the Potter Company was started years after the Quarles Corporation. Nolen, Inc., and the Quarles Corporation were founded in the same year.
If the information above is true, which of the following must also be true?
(A) Olean Industries has been in business for more years than Merco.
(B) Olean Industries has been in business for more years than the Quarles Corporation.
(C) Nolen, Inc., has not been in business for as many years as Olean Industries.
(D) Merco has been in business for more years than the Potter Company.
(E) Nolen, Inc., has not been in business for as many years as the Potter Company.

Originally posted by sushma0805 on 27 Feb 2010, 22:57.
Last edited by abhimahna on 15 Oct 2017, 10:41, edited 1 time in total.
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28 Feb 2010, 13:19
sushma0805 wrote:
Merco has been in business longer than Nolen. Inc, Olean Industries was founded years before the Potter Company, and the Potter Company was started years after the Quarles Corporation. Nolen, Inc., and the Quarles Corporation were founded in the same year.
If the information above is true, which of the following must also be true?
(A) Olean Industries has been in business for more years than Merco.
(B) Olean Industries has been in business for more years than the Quarles Corporation.
(C) Nolen, Inc., has not been in business for as many years as Olean Industries.
(D) Merco has been in business for more years than the Potter Company.
(E) Nolen, Inc., has not been in business for as many years as the Potter Company.

using first letter of the company names .. its given that. Inequality is based on number of years in business
M>N
O>P
Q>P
N=Q
we can say
M>Q>P
O>P
N=Q
we only only say D must be true and rest of the options are either false or may not be true

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Re: Merco has been in business longer than Nolen. Inc, Olean  [#permalink]

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17 Mar 2010, 13:28
Yes it should be D.
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17 Mar 2010, 13:38
From the question:
1.) M>N
2.) O>P
3.) P<Q
therefore, N=Q....so, C is the only one which can be true.

urgh yes d...sorry read the question wrong..my manager just can't bothering me
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18 Jun 2010, 12:39

1. M > N
2. O > P
3. Q > P
4. N = Q

Hence..

M > (N,Q) > P

No relation can be established anything related with Olean ( except the given condition ). Hence eliminating all the answer choices having Olean in it.

From established relation, we can conclude the correct answer choice as - D.

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07 Jul 2010, 00:38
D.

How easily to eliminate wrong answer choices?

1)obseve that P is the smallest M is the biggest. and N and Q have reference to both M and P. only Olean is on the air.

2)eliminate all answer choices with Olean: A, B, C - as Olean has clear reference except for P

3) N=Q>P eliminate E.

So, it is D.
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29 Jul 2010, 21:40
M -- N= Q---P ( M is oldest of all , Co's N&Q are at the same time ,P is the youngest )
We don't Know about Company "O". We eliminate the Ans choice Containing O ( A,B,C)
E is definitely wrong.. So Ans D) is correct one
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30 Jul 2010, 06:18
I seriously wish I get atleast 10 questions like this in real GMAT
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30 Jul 2010, 08:03
D.. ! Its similar to one on the seeds in OG11
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22 Oct 2011, 13:27
Easy but indeed confusing

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