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Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby bluesky63 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:43 pm

Alan had 13​ as many marbles as Charles. Ben had 56​ as many marbles as Charles. If Ben had 48 more marbles than Alan, how many marbles did the three boys have altogether?

can anyone solve this questions?

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby slmkhoo » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:18 pm

I don't think the question makes sense. "as many" means "the same no. as", so I don't think the question can be correct. And even if we assume that there is a typo and "as many" should be replaced by "more than", the numbers don't work.

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby starlight1968sg » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:19 pm

Sometimes I dont know why questions are phrased in such a funny way. Can simpler english be used?

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby sushi88 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:25 pm

slmkhoo wrote:I don't think the question makes sense. "as many" means "the same no. as", so I don't think the question can be correct. And even if we assume that there is a typo and "as many" should be replaced by "more than", the numbers don't work.


No wonder I am so confused. I tried to change the English, the numbers also do not make sense.

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby zbear » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:36 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:Sometimes I dont know why questions are phrased in such a funny way. Can simpler english be used?



This is MOE method of using Singapore style of English in Maths questions n also must think out of the box.

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby bluesky63 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:56 pm

Thanks for all your comments

I had posted my queries to the one who set this question to see whether there is any typo error.

by the way, the answer given is 208 marbles :cool:

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby Nebbermind » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:01 pm

bluesky63 wrote:Thanks for all your comments

I had posted my queries to the one who set this question to see whether there is any typo error.

by the way, the answer given is 208 marbles :cool:


Where did you get thid qn from?

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby slmkhoo » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:07 am

starlight1968sg wrote:Sometimes I dont know why questions are phrased in such a funny way. Can simpler english be used?

It's not a case of funny or complex English - it's just plain wrong!

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby ImMeeMee » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:08 am

bluesky63 wrote:Alan had 13​ as many marbles as Charles. Ben had 56​ as many marbles as Charles. If Ben had 48 more marbles than Alan, how many marbles did the three boys have altogether?

can anyone solve this questions?


Try 1/3 instead of 13, and 5/6 instead of 56. You will get the answer of 208.

Its a typical p4 question on fractions that my DD2 is being drilled in now.

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Re: Is there an error for this P4 questions

Postby slmkhoo » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:00 am

ImMeeMee wrote:
bluesky63 wrote:Alan had 13​ as many marbles as Charles. Ben had 56​ as many marbles as Charles. If Ben had 48 more marbles than Alan, how many marbles did the three boys have altogether?

can anyone solve this questions?


Try 1/3 instead of 13, and 5/6 instead of 56. You will get the answer of 208.

Its a typical p4 question on fractions that my DD2 is being drilled in now.

OK, that makes sense! In that case, there is nothing wrong with the English.

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