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posted by Becky1 .
Please help me solve this word problem.
If Leah is 6 years older than her sister, sue, and John is 5 years older than Leah, and the total of their ages is 41. Then how old is Sue?

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Ms. Sue
Let s equal Sue's age.
s + s + 6 + s + 11 = 41
3s + 17 = 41
3s = 24
s = ? 
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Becky1
How did you get 11?

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Ms. Sue
John is 11 years older than Sue.

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Becky1
what eqaution did you use to find out that john is 11 years older thsn Sue?

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Ms. Sue
I didn't use an equation. I read the problem and used common sense and basic arithmetic.
Leah is 6 years older than Sue.
John is 5 years older than Leah.
Therefore John is 11 years older than Sue.
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