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 Post subject: GMAT AlgebraPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 10:50 am

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For any non-zero a and b, that satisfy |ab| = ab and |a| = -a,
|b – 4| + |abb| =
A. ab – 4
B. 2bab – 4
C. ab + 4
D. ab – 2b + 4
E. 4 – ab

(D) We know that |a| = -a. Since an absolute value must be positive, then -a > 0, which results in a < 0. Considering this fact together with |ab| = ab we reason out that b < 0, because ab > 0 and a < 0.
So (b – 4) < 0 as well. Therefore |b – 4|= 4 – b
b < 0 and a – 1 < 0 so b(a – 1) > 0
|abb| = |b(a – 1)| = b(a – 1).

Summarizing all of the above reasoning we get |b – 4| + |abb| = -b + 4 + abb = ab – 2b + 4

If you are unable to make sense of the algebra, you can plug in negative numbers for the two values in each of the answer choices to get choice (D).
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Explanation is not clear at all.

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 Post subject: Re: GMAT AlgebraPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 10:57 am

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questioner wrote:
Explanation is not clear at all.
Dear student, please specify which part of the explanation is not clear to you.

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