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Adam is 5 years younger than Eve. In 1 year, Eve will be three times as old as Adam was 4 years ago. Find their ages now.

  • Ms. Sue Please HELP -

    at present time:
    Eve---- x years
    Adam --- x-5 years

    one year from now, Eve will be x+1
    four years ago Adam was x-5 - 4 = x-9

    x+1 =3(x-9)
    x+1 = 3x - 27
    -2x = -28
    x=14

    so Eve is now 14 and Adam is 9

    check:
    one year from now Eve will be 15
    four years ago Adam was 5
    is 15 three times 5 ?? YES

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