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# What is the value of x?

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What is the value of x?

(1) (x + 2)(x + 3) = 0

(2) x^2 + 5x + 6 = 0

I answered that both are sufficient alone...
Statement one tells me that X is -2 and -3
and I can do the same for statement two...why is this not the OA?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
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02 Jan 2012, 07:50
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You said it yourself mate but u forgot to put an "or" where and is in your calculation. x is unique, we want to find a unique value of x. Both the statements are similar and give the same information. x can either be -2 or -3. It cannot be both and since we cannot decide a unique value for x, even combined, both of them are insufficient. Hence E.
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03 Jan 2012, 01:16
Well, thanks for the answer...but the really should have asked for one special value!
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03 Jan 2012, 02:03

When the question asks, "What is the value of x?", it is imperative to find ONE AND ONLY ONE value for x.

Statement 1:
x = -2 or x = -3. This gives us two values for x. NOT SUFFICIENT.

Statement 2:
Can be written as (x + 2) (x + 3) = 0
This is the same as statement 1 and for exactly the same reason as above, NOT SUFFICIENT.

Combining the two statements, we still have two possible values for x. thus NOT SUFFICIENT.
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03 Jan 2012, 02:26
Both give -2 and -3 but we are not sure about the the value of X so the answer is E
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07 Jan 2012, 15:42
Princeton! no brainer that its easy...

1. Gives x = -2,-3
2. Same

Both statements same, so can't decide a value for x. E
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09 May 2015, 02:13
Impenetrable wrote:
What is the value of x?

(1) (x + 2)(x + 3) = 0

(2) x^2 + 5x + 6 = 0

I answered that both are sufficient alone...
Statement one tells me that X is -2 and -3
and I can do the same for statement two...why is this not the OA?

E it is
As x value donot comes out br unique even after using both choices
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16 Sep 2016, 18:45
E is correct

(1) (x+2)(x+3) =0

x = -2 or -3

INSUFFICIENT

(2) (x^2)+5x+6=0
=(x+2)(x+3)

INSUFFICIENT (for same reason on (1))
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