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Which of the following CANNOT be the least common multiple of two positive integers x and y?

(A) xy
(B) x
(C) y
(D) x - y
(E) x + y
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PareshGmat wrote:
Which of the following CANNOT be the least common multiple of two positive integers x and y?

(A) xy
(B) x
(C) y
(D) x - y
(E) x + y

Should be very easy...... :)


The least common multiple of two positive integers cannot be less than either of them. Therefore, since x - y is less than x, it cannot be the LCM of a x and y.

Answer: D.

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Hi All,

This question is really just a test of your overall understanding of the concept of 'least common multiple.' You don't have to do any fancy math to get the correct answer (and the design of the answer choices helps to avoid a certain amount of thinking/work).

The Least Common Multiple between two integers is the smallest number that is a positive multiple of BOTH integers.

For example:

The LCM of 2 and 3 is 6
The LCM of 2 and 4 is 4
The LCM of 3 and 5 is 15

Notice how the LCM is ALWAYS greater than OR equal to both of the integers involved. Knowing THAT rule, you can quickly deduce which answer choice CANNOT be the LCM of 2 distinct positive integers....

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LCM must be greater than or equal to all the involved numbers.
Hence LCM can never be x-y as it is less than x.

Additionally => LCM(x,y) for x>y must lie in the bound => [ x,x*y]


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