# Verbal Reasoning - Arithmetic Reasoning - Discussion

### Discussion :: Arithmetic Reasoning - Section 1 (Q.No.33)

33.

A bird shooter was askgd how many birds he had in the bag. He replied that there were all sparrows but six, all pigeons but six, and all ducks but six. How many birds he had in the bag in all?

 [A]. 9 [B]. 18 [C]. 27 [D]. 36

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

There were all sparrows but six' means that six birds were not sparrows but only pigeons and ducks.

Similarly, number of sparrows + number of ducks = 6 and number of sparrows + number of pigeons = 6.

This is possible when there are 3 sparrows, 3 pigeons and 3 ducks i.e. 9 birds in all.

 Ram said: (Aug 24, 2014) Let total number of birds = x. let no. of sparrows = s, pigeons = p, ducks = d. Given s = x-6. d = x-6. p = x-6. s+d+p = x = 3x-18. So x = 9. There are 9 birds in all.

 Vicky said: (Mar 20, 2015) I can't understand this question and solution provided. Please someone solve in detail.

 Bhootnath said: (Apr 2, 2015) All sparrow but 6 are not sparrows = 6 = p+d. All sparrow but 6 are not pigeons = 6 = s+d. All sparrow but 6 are not ducks = 6 = p+s. So total birds are = 6+6+6 = 18. i.e p+d+s+d+p+s = 18. = 2(p+d+s) = 18. P+d+s = 9. i.e possibility of 9 in equality is 3=p, 3=d, 3=s.

 Pratyasha said: (Mar 30, 2016) Let total number of birds = x. Let no of sparrows = s, pigeons = p, ducks = d. Given s = x - 6. d = x - 6. p = x - 6. s + d + p = x = 3x - 18. So x = 9. There are 9 birds in all.

 Batman said: (May 1, 2017) Hello, The correct answer is 27.

 Ritesh Raj said: (Sep 26, 2017) Correct Answer is 9.

 Ritesh Raj said: (Sep 26, 2017) Correct Answer is 9.

 Ashmit Chatterjee said: (Feb 3, 2018) Let a total number of birds = x. Let no of sparrows = s, pigeons = p, ducks = d. Given s = x - 6. d = x - 6. p = x - 6. s + d + p = x = 3x - 18. So x = 9. There are 9 birds in all. Let a total number of birds = x. Let no of sparrows = s, pigeons = p, ducks = d. Given s = x - 6. d = x - 6. p = x - 6. s + d + p = x = 3x - 18. So x = 9. There are 9 birds in all.

 Ranjith said: (Apr 12, 2019) I am not understanding this. Please, anyone explain this.

 Swastik said: (Nov 22, 2019) This sentence "all sparrows but six" it simply means that " all sparrows but six are other birds" So number of sparrows will be, S = total -6; P = total-6; D = total-6; S+P+D = total. So by solving we get, Total = 9 birds.

 Cherry said: (Dec 19, 2020) There are 9 birds in all. Let a total number of birds = x. Let no of sparrows = s, pigeons = p, ducks = d. Given s = x - 6. d = x - 6. p = x - 6. s + d + p = x = 3x - 18. So x = 9. There are 9 birds in all.

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