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The lengths of the sides of triangle ABC are such that AB = x + 2, BC = x - 3, and AC = y - 1. Which angle in triangle ABC is the largest?

(1) x - y = 1

(2) y = 8

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An angle from which the longest side is accross is the largest.

Since x + 2 > x - 3 and AB > BC, we need to figure which one between x + 2 and y - 1 is largest.

By the condition 1), x - y = 1 or x = y + 1 and AB = x + 2 = y + 3 > y - 1 = AC.

The angle C accross from AB is the largest angle.

Since the condition 2) doesn't have any clue about x, it is not sufficient.

Therefore, the answer is A

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