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Q:Three travellers meet each other for a meal.One of them had 9 loaves of bread, the second had 15 loaves of bread and the third had no food.They shared the food among them equally.If the third person paid $16 for his share of food, how should the first and second person respectively share this amount?
A:$4,$12 B:$8,$8 C:$6 $10 D: $2 $14
Please help me understand and solve the question.
Thanks

Thank you guys for the prompt answer. I even got the same answer but wanted to see if I was missing something here. But the key is given as choice D explaining that first and second persons share the amount in ratio 1:7 which doesn't seem to make sense to me. Any comments.
Thanks

Look at the question carefully. A had 9 loaves B had 15 loaves. C had 0 loaves.

Now they divided this equally among themselves , so each of them get 8 loaves.

This means A has given 1 loaf and B has 7 loaves to C.

Since A paid 16$ this mean each loaf cost 2$. In the question he asked us how should the first and second person respectively share this amount?

Since A has given 1 loaf it means he contributed 2$ dollars out of 16$ Obviously B must contribute remaining 14$. (or 7x2$=14$) Hence the answer must be D.

Huh, this is all about GMAT man............
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Look at the question carefully. A had 9 loaves B had 15 loaves. C had 0 loaves.

Now they divided this equally among themselves , so each of them get 8 loaves.

This means A has given 1 loaf and B has 7 loaves to C.

Since A paid 16$ this mean each loaf cost 2$. In the question he asked us how should the first and second person respectively share this amount?

Since A has given 1 loaf it means he contributed 2$ dollars out of 16$ Obviously B must contribute remaining 14$. (or 7x2$=14$) Hence the answer must be D.

Huh, this is all about GMAT man............

Yes Thanks for the explanation... I felt in the trap

Q:Three travellers meet each other for a meal.One of them had 9 loaves of bread, the second had 15 loaves of bread and the third had no food.They shared the food among them equally.If the third person paid $16 for his share of food, how should the first and second person respectively share this amount? A:$4,$12 B:$8,$8 C:$6 $10 D: $2 $14 Please help me understand and solve the question. Thanks

D it is.

A has 9 loaves, B has 15 loaves and C has none.
Total Number of loaves is 15+9=24 loaves
Shared by 3 people, so each person gets 24/3= 8 loaves
C pays $16 for 8 loaves, so each loaf costs 16/8= $2
A had 9-8=1 extra loaf (excluding wot he consumed), so he gets $2
B had 15-8=7 extra loaves , so he gest 7*2= $14.