OreoShake wrote:

Thank you Mike, I understand your explanation. Would there be any cues in gmat question stem that indicate that we need an exact range? Or are we supposed to infer that for questions that ask you to find a matching range?

Dear

OreoShake,

I'm happy to respond.

Mathematics is always about precision 100% of the time. As a general rule, if you are unclear how specific the question wants you to be, an one answer is an exact fit, and the other is not, the exact fit is the right answer.

I don't know if you are familiar with the verb "

delineate," a somewhat difficult vocabulary word to appear in a math prompt?

This region is delineated by which of the following inequalities?If you can't give an exact definition of this word, then that's an impediment to understanding the question.

to delineate - to show the lines around something; hence, to indicate the exact boundaries of something

If you have questions about a GMAT math problem, and you cannot give the exact definition of a word that appears in the prompt, then as part of understanding the problem, you need to go on the web and figure out the exact meaning of that word. Everything in math is precise, including the words used in a problem. You cannot afford to overlook or skip the meaning of a single syllable in a math problem.

Does all this make sense?

Mike

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