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#21 Kreschyboy

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:12 AM

17. Look at the tenses of the verbs. A farmer has 17 cows, all but 9 die, how many did he have left? The question takes place before the action of the cows dying, so he had 17.

Hell, if you continue further down the line, he could have as many cows as he wanted in the past. The question only tells us he has 17 now.
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#22 scuttill

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:30 AM

Yes, but in his grief he had a lot of steak ... ;-)
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#23 NymphCRF250

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 08:28 PM

If a farmer has 17 cows, and all but nine die, then he would have eight left. I am still trying to figure out how some people came out with nine cows are alive. 17-9=8, there is no nine included. :D


O i love smart people. Read the problem. All but nine die. That is the essential word in this phrase. Those nine did not die, and that means he has nine left.

As for having 17 because the porblem asks for what "did he have" the last word in the phrase is "left." Grammer and syntax are essential to the English language, you can't omit certain words to suit your needs.
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#24 jword

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 09:14 PM

If a farmer has 17 cows, and all but nine die, then he would have eight left. I am still trying to figure out how some people came out with nine cows are alive. 17-9=8, there is no nine included. :D

If you have 17 euros and spend all. How many do you have left?
If you have 17 dollars and spend all but 2, how many euros do you have left?
Spoiler for To spend or not to spend?

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#25 RSAntilles

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:24 PM

O i love smart people. Read the problem. All but nine die. That is the essential word in this phrase. Those nine did not die, and that means he has nine left.

As for having 17 because the porblem asks for what "did he have" the last word in the phrase is "left." Grammer and syntax are essential to the English language, you can't omit certain words to suit your needs.


Spelling is'nt essential then? :)
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#26 brhan

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:01 PM

Spelling is'nt essential then? :)

of course not ...
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#27 TOPHAT

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 12:07 AM

Must be a newbie thing, i thought the same thing at first a cow is a cow dead or alive
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#28 jword

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 10:32 PM

of course not ...

First post , be fare on him. :)
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#29 tahoe rich

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 10:51 AM

17 cows.

a cow is a cow, dead or alive.

Some times you have to think outside the box like vanango did here. He's got it right. The problem simply stated that the cows died not that the farmer had disposed of them yet!

Edited by tahoe rich, 05 April 2008 - 10:52 AM.

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#30 lexam

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 03:34 AM

All of them BUT (9) die. ans: 9, rofl at tam calling kiddy math and still getting wrong :lol:
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