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What is the greatest common divisor of positive integers m and n?

(1) m is a prime number.

(2) m and n are consecutive integers.
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What is the greatest common divisor of positive integers m and n?

(1) m is a prime number. Not sufficient as no info about n.

(2) m and n are consecutive integers. Any two consecutive positive integers are co-prime, which means that they do not share any common factor but 1. For example: 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 100 and 101, are consecutive integers and they do not share any common factor but 1. So, the greatest common divisor of m and n is 1. Sufficient.

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Hi All,

This DS question can be solved by TESTing VALUES and/or a bit of logic.

We're told that M and N are both POSITIVE INTEGERS. We're asked for the greatest common divisor of M and N.

1) M is a prime number.

This Fact tells us nothing about N.

IF...
M = 2
N = 2
Then the answer to the question is 2

IF...
M = 2
N = 3
Then the answer to the question is 1
Fact 1 is INSUFFICIENT

2) M and N are CONSECUTIVE integers.

The second TEST from Fact 1 'fits' this Fact too...

IF...
M = 2
N = 3
Then the answer to the question is 1

Looking at this example, you might notice that when dealing with consecutive positive integers, the ONLY factor that will divide into both numbers is 1. If you 'TEST' 3 and 4, 4 and 5, 5 and 6, etc., you 'll get the SAME answer every time.
Fact 2 is SUFFICIENT

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Here, we are given that m & n are Positive Integers, & we have to find Greatest Common divisor of m & n.

Statement 1 says: m is a prime number, but we don't know anything of n
Therefore insufficient

Statement 2 says: m and n are consecutive integers.
Now you may take any values of m & n, the greatest common divisor will always be 1

Therefore sufficient.

Answer is B.
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What is the greatest common divisor of positive integers m and n?

Statement 1) M is a prime number. INSUFFICIENT
If M is prime and N is also prime then GCF=1 (Example 3 and 5 ; GCF=1)
If M is prime and N is a multiple of that prime then GCF=M (example 3 and 6; GCF=3)

Statement 2) SUFFICIENT
Any two conceptive integers will be a pair of ODD and EVEN. They will share no factor EXCEPT 1

THEREFORE B is sufficient GCF=always 1


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What is the greatest common divisor of positive integers m and n?

(1) m is a prime number.

(2) m and n are consecutive integers.

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