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Which number is less than -3 or greater than 5.

 

1) -5

2) 5

3) It is not possible

4) 0

 Sep 9, 2020
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If a number were less than -3, the only possible choice is -5. There are no options here greater than 5 though, so it is not possible.

 

Although I believe the problem should be phrased "Which number is less than -3 and greater than 5."

 Sep 9, 2020
edited by gwenspooner85  Sep 9, 2020
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That's what I put down but it was WRONG!!

 

Are there any other ideas?

SmartMathMan  Sep 9, 2020
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It's semantics.  Here, the word "or" means either. 

 

So, is there an answer which is either less than –5 or greater than 5.  

 

Yes, there is such an answer.  It's #1 because –5 is less than –3. 

It isn't greater than 5 but we don't care, because it said "or" ... as in pick one.  

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 Sep 9, 2020
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I figured it out. Thx guest. That's the right answer.

SmartMathMan  Sep 9, 2020
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Ah that makes much more sense. Thank you guest!

gwenspooner85  Sep 9, 2020

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