churchntj wrote:

Hi there,

Got a question off the android app: "POCKET GMAT MATH"

I don't agree with the answer they give and would be interested in what people think:

How many different four letter words, with or without meaning, can be formed using the letters of the word GOUVERNMENT such that the first letter is V and the last is N?

Their answer is 43 (7*6+1)

I think it should be 57 (7*1+7*6+1*1+1*7)

Interested in what people think

Many thanks

Nicholas

there are 11 letters..

V and N are already used up, so we have to fill 2 places with 9 available...

but these 9 has 2 Es, so in actual, we have 9-1 = 8 different digits..

choose 2 out of 8 = 8C2 but these 2 can be arranged in 2! ways..

so ways = 8C2*2 = 28*2=56

there is also one way when both letters are E, so 1 more

total 56+1=57

you are correct with your answer

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