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# Of the diplomats who attended a summit conference: 20 spoke French, 32

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Of the diplomats attending a summit conference, 20 speak French, 32 do not speak Russian, and 20% of the diplomats speak neither French nor Russian. If 10% of the diplomats speak both languages, then how many diplomats attended the conference?

A. 72
B. 96
C. 108
D. 120
E. 150

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Of the diplomats who attended a summit conference: 20 spoke French, 32 did not speak Russian and 20% of the diplomats spoke neither French nor Russian. If 10% of the diplomats spoke both French and Russian, then how many diplomats attended the conference?

A. 70
B. 96
C. 108
D. 120
E. 150

{Total} = {French} + {Russian} - {Both} + {Neither}

{Total} = 20 + ({Total} - 32) - (0.1*{Total}) + 0.2*{Total}

Solving gives {Total} = 120.

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09 Jul 2015, 04:58
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Of the diplomats who attended a summit conference: 20 spoke French, 32 did not speak Russian and 20% of the diplomats spoke neither French nor Russian. If 10% of the diplomats spoke both French and Russian, then how many diplomats attended the conference?

A. 70
B. 96
C. 108
D. 120
E. 150

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2X2 matrix will be the easiest way to calculate this.

Text in black: given statements
Text in red: calculated values

Thus D (120) is the correct answer
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12 Jun 2015, 20:54
Hello
In the explanation that you gave above for the people who speak Russian through the equation (Total-32), aren't we including the people who speak neither of the two languages. Please clarify if I am wrong. I tried to solve it through double matrix method.

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12 Jun 2015, 23:19
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In the explanation that you gave above for the people who speak Russian through the equation (Total-32), aren't we including the people who speak neither of the two languages. Please clarify if I am wrong. I tried to solve it through double matrix method.

Thanks

Hi vik09,

in the following Equation

{Total} = {French} + {Russian} - {Both} + {Neither}

{Total} = 20 + ({Total} - 32) - (0.1*{Total}) + 0.2*{Total}

Solving gives {Total} = 120.

The Neither of the two languages has been accounted for by 0.2*{Total}

(0.1*{Total}) has been subtracted because It was counted twice in 20 as well as in ({Total} - 32)

However the solution by double matrix method is as attached.

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13 Jun 2015, 01:54
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vik09 wrote:
Hello
In the explanation that you gave above for the people who speak Russian through the equation (Total-32), aren't we including the people who speak neither of the two languages. Please clarify if I am wrong. I tried to solve it through double matrix method.

Thanks

Hi vik09,

in the following Equation

{Total} = {French} + {Russian} - {Both} + {Neither}

{Total} = 20 + ({Total} - 32) - (0.1*{Total}) + 0.2*{Total}

Solving gives {Total} = 120.

The Neither of the two languages has been accounted for by 0.2*{Total}

(0.1*{Total}) has been subtracted because It was counted twice in 20 as well as in ({Total} - 32)

However the solution by double matrix method is as attached.

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15 Jun 2015, 06:14
Starting by filling in what we already know - based on the relationships from the stem.
What we add last is the part right beneath NR.
The column of NR gives an equation which we can solve for x.

ANS D
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Of the diplomats who attended a summit conference: 20 spoke French, 32 did not speak Russian and 20% of the diplomats spoke neither French nor Russian. If 10% of the diplomats spoke both French and Russian, then how many diplomats attended the conference?

A. 70
B. 96
C. 108
D. 120
E. 150

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Make the Matrix as mentioned in figure and [Keep an eye on the colour coding in table as per instruction]

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Of the diplomats who attended a summit conference: 20 spoke French, 32 did not speak Russian and 20% of the diplomats spoke neither French nor Russian. If 10% of the diplomats spoke both French and Russian, then how many diplomats attended the conference?

A. 70
B. 96
C. 108
D. 120
E. 150

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800score Official Solution:

Let’s define some variables to make notation easier:
T = Total number of diplomats at the conference.
F = Number who speak French.
R = Number who speak Russian.
B = Number who speak BOTH French and Russian.
N = Number who speak NEITHER French NOR Russian.
To solve this problem, we have to remember not to double count diplomats that speak both languages.

We have a very helpful formula for Set Overlap questions:
Group 1 + Group 2 + Neither – Both = Total.

In this case, our equation becomes:
F + R + N – B = T.

Substituting the given information, we have:
20 + R + 0.2T – 0.1T = T.

We have to think a little bit to put the number of diplomats who speak Russian in terms of the total number of diplomats. Since 32 of the diplomats to do not speak Russian, we know that:
R = T – 32.

Now our equation becomes:
20 + T – 32 + 0.2T – 0.1T = T.

We can solve this for T:
20 + T – 32 + 0.2T – 0.1T = T
0.1T = 12
T = 120.

The correct answer is choice (D).
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I think this question can be solved in a very simple and quick way

We are given No Russian = 32
And let's suppose total = x

32 = French Only + Neither French Nor Russian ---- (1)

French Only = French - Both

French = 20
Both = 0.1x
Neither = 0.2x
Plugging all the values in equation (1) we get

32 = 20-0.1x+0.2x
12=0.1x
x=120
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Of the diplomats who attended a summit conference: 20 spoke French, 32 did not speak Russian and 20% of the diplomats spoke neither French nor Russian. If 10% of the diplomats spoke both French and Russian, then how many diplomats attended the conference?

A. 70
B. 96
C. 108
D. 120
E. 150

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Or one can start with 'Both' since data gives multiples of that.

Say, no of people who speak both = x = 10% of Total
No. of people who speak neither = 20% of Total = 2x
No. of people who speak only French = 20 - x

Those who do not speak Russian = Those who speak neither + Those who speak only French = 2x + (20 - x) = 32
x = 12

Since x = 10% of Total = 12,
Total = 120

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Bunuel wrote:
Of the diplomats who attended a summit conference: 20 spoke French, 32 did not speak Russian and 20% of the diplomats spoke neither French nor Russian. If 10% of the diplomats spoke both French and Russian, then how many diplomats attended the conference?

A. 70
B. 96
C. 108
D. 120
E. 150

We can let n = total number of diplomats who attended the conference, and use the equation:

Total = speaks French + speaks Russian - speaks both + speaks neither

n = 20 + (n - 32) - 0.1n + 0.2n

n = n - 12 + 0.1n

12 = 0.1n

120 = n

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