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Which of the following could be true if x is a negative integer?

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Which of the following could be true if x is a negative integer?

I. 0<x^x<1
II. -1<x^x<0
III. x^x > 1

A. I only
B. II Only
C. III Only
D. I and II
E. I, II and III
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Which of the following could be true if x is a negative integer?

I.\(0<x^x<1\)..... x is a negative number, so any even value will be ok... example \((-2)^{-2}=(\frac{1}{-2})^2=\frac{1}{4}\), similarly \(-4^{-4}...(-6)^{-6}\)
II. \(-1<x^x<0\)..... x is a negative number, so any odd value will be ok... example \((-3)^{-3}=(\frac{1}{-3})^3=\frac{-1}{27}\), similarly \((-5)^{-5}...(-7)^{-7}\)
We have seen the possible cases when x is a negative integer.... -1 will give \(x^x\) as 1, which does not fit in anywhere in the options. If it is odd, II is true and if it is even, option I is true.

III. x^x > 1.. This will NEVER be true, as x as negative integer will always give value as fraction, except as 1 or -1

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Which of the following could be true if x is a negative integer?

I. 0<x^x<1
II. -1<x^x<0
III. x^x > 1

A. I only
B. II Only
C. III Only
D. I and II
E. I, II and III


test with value of x= -2 and -1/2
option 1 & 2 stands correct
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Is it a valid question for GMAT ?

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Is it a valid question for GMAT ?

Here we get two scenarios for choice and one is valid and other is not ..

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Yes this question sourced from eGMAT.
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