If x > y, is |x| > |y|? (1) x > 0 (2)

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If x > y, is |x| > |y|? (1) x > 0 (2)

by hazelnut01 » Sat May 20, 2017 4:45 am
If x > y, is |x| > |y|?

(1) x > 0
(2) y > 0

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by [email protected] » Sat May 20, 2017 10:50 am
HI ziyuenlau,

This question can be solved by TESTing VALUES.

We're told that X > Y. We're asked if |X| > |Y|. This is a YES/NO question.

1) X > 0

X = 1, Y = 0, then the answer to the question is YES
X = 1, Y = -2, then the answer to the question is NO

2) Y > 0

Here, since Y is POSITIVE, X must ALSO be positive. Since we already know that X > Y, dealing with two POSITIVE values means that |X| will ALWAYS be greater than |Y|. Thus the answer to the question is ALWAYS YES.

Final Answer: B

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by ceilidh.erickson » Sun May 21, 2017 2:31 pm
It can be helpful when approaching a DS yes/no question to ask yourself: when would we get a NO answer?

In this case, when would the absolute value of x *NOT* be greater than y, if x itself is greater than y?
The only time that would be the case is if y is a negative number further away from 0 than x (whether x is positive or negative). If they were both positive, x would have to be further from 0 than y is, i f x > y. So we could rephrase the question as:
Is y positive?

If you frame the question that way before looking at the statements, it's clear that statement 1 is insufficient, but statement 2 is sufficient.
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