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# Was the amount of John's heating bill for February greater than it was

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Was the amount of John's heating bill for February greater than it was for January?

(1) The ratio of the amount of John's heating bill for February to that for January was 26/25.
(2) The sum of the amounts of John's heating bills for January and February was $183.60. NEW question from GMAT® Official Guide 2019 (DS06802) _________________ Manager Joined: 24 Jun 2013 Posts: 140 Location: India Schools: ISB '20, GMBA '20 Was the amount of John's heating bill for February greater than it was [#permalink] ### Show Tags 24 Jun 2018, 22:51 1 Bunuel wrote: Was the amount of John's heating bill for February greater than it was for January? (1) The ratio of the amount of John's heating bill for February to that for January was 26/25. (2) The sum of the amounts of John's heating bills for January and February was$183.60.

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1) Suff, as the ratio is > 1 , then it indicates that numerator is greater than denominator , hence bill for feb > bill for jan,

2) Insuff, As total is given and we cannot bifurcate the individual values of bills

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25 Jun 2018, 03:41

Solution

To find:
• Whether the amount of John’s heating bill for February greater than that of January

Analysing Statement 1
• As per the information given in statement 1, the ratio of the amount of John's heating bill for February to that for January was $$\frac{26}{25}$$.
o From this we can say, $$\frac{February-Bill}{January-Bill} = \frac{26}{25} = 1 + \frac{1}{25}$$ which is always >1
o Therefore, February bill > January bill

Hence, statement 1 is sufficient to answer

Analysing Statement 2
• As per the information given in statement 2, the sum of the amounts of John's heating bills for January and February was \$183.60
o From this, we cannot find out the bills for January and February separately

Hence, statement 2 is not sufficient to answer

Hence, the correct answer is option A.

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29 Jun 2018, 01:35
1. Feb/Jan = 26/25. Clearly, Feb>Jan i.e. Sufficient

2. Jan + Feb = ....We cannot fetch the value of each variable. Not Sufficient.
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29 Jun 2018, 01:38
Bunuel - IMO, it is sub-600 level question.
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24 Oct 2018, 13:36
Sounds like a sub 500 question to be honest
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