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the sum of the ages of sam and tomas is 27 years. seven years ago, tomas was three years more than onefourth as old as sam. find their present age

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Let Sam's age 7 years ago be s
let Tom's age 7 years ago be t
So
s+7 + t+7 = 27
s+t = 13 > t = 13s
"seven years ago, tomas was three years more than onefourth as old as sam"
 t = (1/4)s + 3
13s = (1/4)s + 3
times 4
52  4s = s + 12
5s = 40
s = 8
so 7 years ago Sam was 8 and Tom was 5
So NOW they are 15 and 12
Check :
is the sum of their present ages 27
15+12 = 27 , check!
7 years ago, is Tom 3 more than 1/4 of Sam's age
1/4 of Sam= 2
3 more than that is 5, which was Tom's age, check!!
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