# Verbal Reasoning - Arithmetic Reasoning - Discussion

### Discussion :: Arithmetic Reasoning - Section 1 (Q.No.42)

42.

A shepherd had 17 sheep. All but nine died. How many was he left with ?

 [A]. Nil [B]. 8 [C]. 9 [D]. 17

Explanation:

'All but nine died' means 'All except nine died' i.e. 9 sheep remained alive.

 Shivakumar Rajanna said: (Oct 27, 2014) How it is?

 Summi said: (Apr 15, 2015) How? Anyone please explain.

 Swarup Das said: (Jun 4, 2015) All but 9 died means, all died but 9 are alive. So, the answer will be 9.

 Amrit said: (Aug 19, 2015) All but nine died means all except nine died i.e. 9 sheep remained alive.

 Jogendra Panda said: (Aug 23, 2016) How? Please explain the answer.

 Shahrukh said: (Jul 6, 2017) All but except 9 alive then dead sheep 17-9=8.

 Rishika said: (Jul 10, 2017) It's given that all died except 9 which means we are only left with 9 because all sheep died except these 9. Another way is 17-x=9 i.e x=8 means 8are dead now deduct these 8from total 17-8=9{live}.

 Alvin Jephter Jnr said: (Jul 12, 2017) All but 9 died, meaning 9 was the exception.

 Uday Kandlapelli said: (Jul 30, 2017) How many are left? means. 9 died sheep's left the flock (group).

 Mukinda Pawar said: (Mar 20, 2018) In the question, clearly told that all means all 17 Sheep but nine died it means 8 sheep remain alive.

 Sunita Agarwal said: (Feb 25, 2019) How many are left? please tell clearly.

 Shruti Chauhan said: (Aug 25, 2019) How?Anyone please explain.

 Abhinav said: (Oct 13, 2019) This means all died but 9 remained < all but 9 died > here but means all except 9 died which means 9 are alive.

 Swami said: (Jan 25, 2021) Yes, 9 is the answer. According to the question, all but nine died. All sheep 17. 9 not died. Similarly 17-x=9, 17-9=x, 8=x, 17-8=9. Answer is 9 sheep.

 Sudhanshoo said: (Aug 1, 2021) Just remember "BUT Means EXCEPT" All 17 died except 9. 17-9 = 8 are dead so alive is 9. or except 9 everyone R.I.P so, the answer is 9.